Following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding in May 2018, the Duchess of Sussex has received a slew of negative press. Along with rumors that alleged she was feuding with Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton, there has also been some speculation concerning her treatment of royal staff members.

Now that the pregnant “Suits” star is expected to give birth to the couple’s first child soon, one royal biographer believes the negative press has pushed Prince Harry to his breaking point and has turned the Duke of Sussex into an overprotective husband.

“With Meghan, I think we are seeing a Prince Harry that is viciously protective, understandably so,” royal biographer Duncan Larcombe told Sunday Night:

“Viciously reactive to criticisms of her. Harry the dad, my goodness, again multiply that. I hope for his sake he is able to take a step back, do not take this all to heart,” he added.

In December 2018, royal insiders told Us Weekly Harry was frustrated about not being able to shield Meghan from negative press.

“Keeping her away from the negativity and harm has been hard for him. It’s been his purpose in their relationship to keep her away from the negativity,” the source explained.

The criticism reportedly began affecting their marriage. “It has put pressure on her relationship with Harry. He’s very frustrated with how little can be done,” the insider explained.

However, as Meghan and Harry prepare to welcome their first child, they are putting on a united front. On Thursday, Buckingham Palace announced the couple would keep news about the royal baby’s birth private.

“Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”

Meghan is expected to give birth in spring 2019.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak on stage during WE Day UK 2019 at The SSE Arena on March 6, 2019 in London. Getty Images/John Phillips