Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, Reveals the Pain She Has Suffered as a Royal
Meghan Markle said, "Not many have asked if I'm OK."
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has spoken publicly for the first time about what she has faced as a royal, a wife, and as a new mother. She spoke about the pressures she has been under the entire time she has been married to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.
As Prince Harry's wife and Archie's mother, Meghan admitted certain painful things in an emotional interview with ITV's anchor Tom Bradby. It was during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's 10-day African tour back in late September and early October. Meghan emphasized in the emotional interview how vulnerable she has been, because of negative press coverage from some of the media and some of the public.
In the Spotlight
The Duchess of Sussex shared that she has suffered privately since becoming a royal, during her pregnancy less than a year later, and now as a new mother. She expressed that it is hard enough for any woman to go through pregnancy, but she had the added stress of being criticized in the media. Criticisms include comments that she wasn't actually pregnant, what she wore, and how much she rubbed her stomach during her pregnancy.
Why the Interview?
The interview took place in a garden in Johannesburg, South Africa. News at Ten anchor Bradby asked the Duchess of Sussex some personal questions, and she was transparent about her experience of being a royal since here marriage to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018, and becoming a mother to Archie on May 6, 2019. The two major events in her life have been discussed negatively since they happened.
During the interview, Meghan expressed that it’s a very real thing she is going through behind the scenes. Bradby asked her how she is doing? She thanked him for the concern and added, "Not many have asked if I am OK."
The Upcoming Documentary
Bradby was traveling with the royal family to get information and footage for the ITV documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which airs on Sunday, March 20 at 9 PM on ITV. It will also air on Wednesday, October 23 on ABC.
In the documentary, the public will also see Prince Harry's interview with Bradby. He talked about the grief he still has for his mother Princess Diana who was chased by the paparazzi and died on August 31, 1997. He revealed that her death is still "a wound that festers and being followed by the press is the worst reminder of her life."
The Duke of Sussex says in the documentary that every click and flash of a camera instantly gives him "the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best." He fears life is repeating itself by the way the media is treating his wife.
Other Things in the Documentary
The interviews from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not the only things that will be seen in the documentary. In the early scenes, exciting and uplifting information is shared about what Prince Harry, Meghan, and Archie did during their first tour as a family.
If you watch the documentary, you will see the footage of Prince Harry walking in the same footsteps that his mother walked 22 years ago in January 1997 when she was 35 just as Prince Harry is that age now. Diana died just six months after she walked through a former minefield in Angola. Prince Harry said that everything he does reminds him of her. That includes his royal role, his job, and the pressure that he and his wife face.
In the documentary, the public will also see excerpts from the other places the royal family visited in South Africa and their interactions with the people in those places along with the speeches the couple delivered.