Bad news for Meghan Markle as docs say happy in-laws crucial to staying together

Meghan Markle may struggle to hold onto her husband – after boffins revealed a good relationship with the in-laws keeps couples together.

According to a new study people think how partners get on with their friends and relations is most important in cementing long-term relationships.

They place more value on in-law interaction than sex and money.

That could spell misery for the mum-of-two who walked out on the monarchy for a new private life in an £11million US mansion.

She accused the Royals of ignoring her mental health woes and racism.

Her 36-year-old hubby Prince Harry plans to write an explosive book about their experiences.

But according to findings by the University of Nicosia in Cyprus the couple could face a fight to stay together.

While qualities such as fun to be with’ andsexual satisfaction’ rank highly as motivating factors in encouraging long-term relationships, most of those questioned said how partners react to friends and loved ones is key.

Ammanda Major, head of clinical practice at Britain’s top relationship charity Relate, said: "Liking each other’s friends and feeling at ease with them oils the personal mechanics and brings a sense of belonging.

"Problems arise in any long-term relationship, however, and having supportive family around you – particularly if they don’t judge or try to enforce a solution – helps when couples are at their most vulnerable.’’

The study, led by social scientists Menelaos Apostolou and Christoforos Christoforou, analysed responses from 207 people about relationships past and present.

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They were questioned about qualities they felt were important such as being trustworthy and faithful, having the ability to compromise and how positive they were in their attitude to life.

More men than women said sexual satisfaction and compromise were important.

Women gave a higher priority to whether their partner was committed to them.

The scientists said their findings were supported by evolutionary theories stretching back thousands of years.

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Earlier studies showed parents had a "strong interest in their children’s mating decisions".

If they disapproved they "are likely to interfere using a large battery of manipulation tactics to terminate the relationship".

It follows, said the scientists, that getting on with a partner’s parents is likely to remove one risk of splitting.

Failure to get on with friends matters because ‘people receive considerable emotional and material support’ from them and do not want to become isolated.

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