Meghan Markle is reportedly telling friends that if her sister-in-law Kate Middleton was being “relentlessly picked on” by the British press, the palace would have stepped in and taken action.

“[Meghan said] no one would have put up with it, and the broken and outdated system would have been revised. Those outlets responsible for their vicious attacks would have been shut out,” a source close to Meghan told Daily Mail. The insider added that Meghan things if the roles were reversed and Kate was the one being attacked, “changes would have been made.”

This comes days after Meghan and her husband Prince Harry announced that they would have “no corroboration and zero engagement” with four British tabloids. Though palace aides claimed to be stunned by the move, the friend recounted that “Meghan said no one in the royal family should be surprised with the announcement.”

The friend went on to say that what “irritated Meghan and Harry the most” was if the press had “constantly criticized and needlessly bashed Kate the way they did her, changes within the royal’s media policy would have been made. No questions asked.” The source said that Harry “constantly” went to his father Prince Charles and grandmother Queen Elizabeth, but they “wouldn’t do anything to change the protocol” despite seeing “how it was tearing him apart.”

“[Meghan] said it was infuriating that Harry’s very real and valid concerns fell on deaf ears,” the source said. “Meghan said they made it seem like this is the way it is, deal with it. Harry had been dealing with it far too long. She said he wasn’t going to let this destroy her life and their marriage.”

Meghan and Harry shocked the world back in January when they announced that they would be stepping down as senior members of the British royal family, and they have since moved to Los Angeles, California.

“Meghan said when she was living in England, she was being bullied by the media non-stop and Harry knew he had to do something dramatic to protect her and the family,” the source explained. “She said she was being treated unfairly and picked on for everything she did including rubbing her belly too much when she was pregnant. She said there was no way she was going to go through motherhood being criticized for every little thing she did.”

“She said she told Harry that it was only going to get worse, It was a no win situation and the only solution was to take control of their own lives,” the insider added.

Harry has long blamed the press for the death of his mother Princess Diana, who was being chased by the paparazzi when she was killed in a car crash back in 1997.

“She said the British tabloids have haunted Harry since childhood and should have been kicked out of the media pool long ago,” the source said. “The system is broken and Harry wanted to fix it. She said he needed to take a stand and now they are doing it together.”

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