A BUNKER mentality seems to be setting in at Frogmore Cottage, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Windsor home.
Instead of giggles and gurgles from little son Archie, the air seems thick with “poor me” self-pity and royal paranoia.
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do venture out they look ill at ease with normal members of the public and only relaxed in the company of A-list celebrities.
A cuddle from Beyonce at the Lion King premiere last Sunday night and a reassuring “we cheer you guys on” from American singer Pharrell Williams seemed to comfort them.
But it was Meghan’s reply “they don’t make it easy” which raised eyebrows.
I’m sorry Meghan but YOU are the one not making it easy.
Whether “they’ means the press, the public or the royal family, it’s a great shame that Meghan feels this way, and that goodwill towards the couple is evaporating as fast as the morning dew.
Everyone I meet tells me they are “going off” Harry and Meghan, and are very disappointed with how they are treating the British public.
So where has it gone wrong?
As we all remember there was immense goodwill towards the couple when they got married just over a year ago.
The world rejoiced that Harry - remembered for walking behind his mother’s coffin - had grown into the most popular royal and had found the true love that he longed for.
Meghan was seen as a breath of fresh air who with her experience of life and mixed race background would bring new fans to the ancient House of Windsor, particularly the young and those from ethnic minorities.
But since the heady days when Meghan met the public on her first walkabouts, we’ve seen one PR disaster after another.
Whoever is at fault, the fact that she can’t patch up her broken relationship with her father and other members of her family speaks volumes.
Phil says that it's "ridiculous" that in the three years they have been together Harry has not yet met his father-in-law Thomas MarkleIt’s ridiculous that three years after they started dating, Harry has still not met his father-in-law.
It would be tragic if Thomas Markle never met his grandson and would reflect badly on Harry and MeghanPhil Dampier
Thomas Markle has his faults but surely, if Meghan is going to preach about the importance of mental health, she can find time to get on a plane and make it up with her dad before it’s too late.
He has kept a relatively low profile in the last few weeks so the ball is now in her court.
It would be tragic if he never met his grandson and would reflect badly on Harry and Meghan in my opinion.
Phil says that spending £2.4 million on the Frogmore Cottage development was "clearly a mistake"It was also clearly a mistake to get the public to pay £2.4 million for the renovations to Frogmore, when they could have lived at Kensington Palace.
Then we had the pointless secrecy surrounding the birth of Archie and the decision to exclude cameras from his christening and keep the names of his godparents “private.”
Meghan invited charges of hypocrisy by preaching about climate change and then flying to New York for an extravagant baby shower.
And she upset normal punters at Wimbledon when her detectives asked them not take pictures of her watching the tennis.
When the Duchess snubbed Donald Trump, but turned out for the Boston Red Sox at a baseball game, eyebrows were once again raise.
She seems to be picking and choosing the events she wants to do, but not the ones that don’t interest her, the very opposite of royal duty.
Inevitably she was compared to the Queen, whose sense of commitment involved planting a tree at 93!
Reporters covering the royals on a daily basis tell me they have never seen Harry looking so unhappy.
He doesn’t smile or acknowledge them as he used to.
In his desperation to “protect” Meghan, he has lost track of the essence of royalty - giving something back in exchange for great privilege.
There’s a myth that the press deliberately likes to build royals up only to knock them down, but I can honestly say that’s not true.
Harry and Meghan’s woes are self-inflicted and the answer lies with them as well.
Meghan must realise she is not a Hollywood actress surrounded by agents, publicists and lawyers, but a working member of the royal family.
I think it’s a mistake for the couple to concentrate on just a few causes and not get involved in what I call the ‘nitty gritty’ of royal work.
The Queen and Prince Philip have more than 1500 patronages between them, so who is going to take these on if not the younger royals?
I get the impression that Meghan is sometimes thinking more about her fans in the US rather than in the UK.
It’s understandable but she is a member of the British royal family, not a famous actress and humanitarian.
Harry needs to accept that the goodwill towards him could disappear if they don't change course.
We need the old natural Harry back - not a buttoned up husband of a global celebrity.
In other royal news, we told you how fans are convinced that Meghan has blinged up the £10,000 "push-present" earrings that Harry gave to her.
And Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved away from Kate and William to "maximise their potential", an expert has claimed.
Plus Meghan Markle had plans for her own charitable foundation focusing on women's issues before she married Prince Harry.