Being a member of the royal family might seem like the dream life, but Meghan Markle hasn’t exactly had it easy. Since marrying Prince Harry and becoming the Duchess of Sussex, the actress-turned-royal has been under extreme public scrutiny, especially as she’s stepped into motherhood. In a clip from an upcoming Meghan Markle documentary, the new mom gets emotional while opening up about the difficulties she’s experienced behind the scenes.
This weekend in the UK, ITV will debut Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. In addition to offering an inside look into the Duke and Duchess’s recent tour of southern Africa, the film also provides insight into Markle’s experience as a new mom. The 38-year-old gave birth to her son Archie in May, only a year after marrying Prince Harry and officially becoming a royal. The transition, she tells British journalist Tom Bradby, has had its challenges.
“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging,” Markle says in a clip shared by ITV. “And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed.”
ITV’s @tombradby spoke to Meghan as he gained exclusive access to the royal couple as they toured Africa for 10 days with their son Archie.
— ITV News (@itvnews) October 18, 2019
Even more heartbreaking, Markle then acknowledges the fact that the public hasn’t shown much interested in her emotional well-being. “Also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay,” she says to Bradby. “But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
When asked if it “would be fair” to say that she’s “not really okay, as in it’s really been a struggle,” Markle says “yes.”
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In Tembisa, Johannesburg, today The Duke and Duchess visited to meet young entrepreneurs at the YES hub – a hive for creativity and social enterprise. Their visit was an amazing tour of the ingenuity and opportunity – seeing businesses that varied from food to essential sanitary products for local women. During their visit, they were able to sample food from ‘Chef Mish’ – a local masterchef winner – which he makes at the site as part of his catering business and cafe. They then joined YES community members to take part in training and tests that will help them gain skills and find work. On the third stop today, entrepreneur Moss showed The Duke and Duchess the organic produce he’s growing in the township with aquaponics – supplying local restaurants. And finally, The Duke and Duchess met the women behind the amazing Blossom Care Solutions – who are making 80,000 sanitary pads every month for women in their community. They are 100% compostable, and provide an essential low-cost product for women and girls. The Duchess has long campaigned on this issue and wrote in Time magazine in 2017, saying: “In communities all over the globe, young girls’ potential is being squandered because we are too shy to talk about the most natural thing in the world. To that I say: we need to push the conversation, mobilize policy making surrounding menstrual health initiatives, support organizations who foster girls’ education from the ground up, and within our own homes, we need to rise above our puritanical bashfulness when it comes to talking about menstruation.” • See our previous post to see The Dukes speech #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ PA images
To say Markle has had it rough with British press would be an understatement. But the royal couple is taking action against the public’s attacks on the duchess. At the end of their tour, she and Prince Harry announced they were taking legal action against the British tabloids that have treated Markle unfairly.
Prince Harry made a rare statement in which he fired back at the media, saying that he and Markle have “continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.” He has called the press attacks on his wife dangerous, likening the invasion of privacy to that of his late mother, Princess Diana.
Of course, they royal couple has many joyous things to celebrate, which I’m sure will also be discussed in the new documentary. You can catch Harry & Meghan: An African Journey in the U.S. on ABC Wednesday, Oct. 23. at 10 p.m. ET.
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