A tabloid cover asking if there’s “trouble in paradise” for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is deceptive and, for the most part, fake news. Gossip Cop can reveal what’s really going on.
The new cover of Us Weekly paints a rather dire picture. “Meghan & Harry: Trouble In Paradise?” it blares, further teasing “Why he hasn’t proposed” and “The Queen’s surprising message to Harry.” The front of the edition also asks, “Will she move to London?” It was designed to give consumers the impression that the couple’s relationship is on the brink of falling apart.
But after shelling out $4.99 for the issue, readers discover inside that the actual cover story itself is rather positive and hopeful. In other words, the cover and story don’t match. It’s a bait-and-switch that was done to trick people and sell copies. The sensational cover captures attention, and the story entirely backs away from that first impression. For instance, on the very first page of the article, a so-called “Markle pal” is quoted as saying, “She’s the happiest she’s ever been, and Harry is very much part of that excitement.” How does that translate to the “trouble in paradise” cover line? It doesn’t.
In fact, though the piece briefly mentions difficulties the couple has faced with intrusive paparazzi, dating long-distance, and hateful commentary, the gossip magazine actually states, “But all those troubles seem to have passed with Harry crafting the perfect way to pop the question.” So, the “troubles” have “passed,” but the cover still teases possible “trouble in paradise.”
Additionally, the cover’s line about why Prince Harry hasn’t proposed and the question about Markle moving to London are misleading, too. In the story, it’s asserted he’s “ready to commit to forever” with her, and a “Markle source” contends, “They talk about things in years time, so it’s safe to say neither of them plan on going anywhere.” It’s even said that a “move to London is inevitable” for her.
So, why suggest something different on the cover? It seems Us Weekly rather promote fake news on its cover rather than deliver the truth upfront. The tabloid seems to have now sunk to the level of its new sister publications, Star, OK! and the National Enquirer, and it’s disappointing. This cover has now earned a big, fat zero on our fact-checking meter.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.