Having your name made into a verb is a singular distinction, even for a royal – but the Duchess of Sussex is unlikely to be happy at how hers has found its way into the English language.
In the Urban Dictionary – an online lexicon of slang – ‘Meghan Markle’ is listed as ‘a verb for ghosting or disposing [of] people once you have no use or benefit from them any more without any regard to genuine human relationships’.
Accompanying examples of usage are given to illustrate the meaning: ‘Do not Meghan Markle me when your movie comes out!’, ‘She did a Meghan Markle on her friends as soon as she became famous’ and ‘Mary did a Meghan Markle on her poor husband as soon as she became famous’.
The definition may seem harsh to the Duchess’s camp. But there is little doubt that she has virtually dropped all contact with a number of former close friends and family members since meeting Prince Harry, most notably her 74-year-old father Thomas Markle. He was frozen out after he was exposed by The Mail on Sunday staging photos with the paparazzi just before the Royal Wedding last year.