If you've been following Meghan Markle's journey, especially since becoming pregnant and having her first child, you know it hasn't been easy. Now, the Duchess of Sussex is speaking publicly about just how hard the journey has been. In a new documentary about the Sussexes visit to southern Africa, Markle opens up about the struggles she's been facing. And anyone who's been a mom can relate to what she's saying.
UK television channel ITV released a clip of the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. The documentary gives viewers a rare look at the royal trip to southern Africa earlier this month. During the documentary, Meghan gets candid with Tom Bradby about dealing with all the negative attention during her pregnancy and in these first months of Archie's life. The British press has been less than kind to Meghan since the beginning of her relationship with Prince Harry. But their marriage, pregnancy and the birth of their first child has only brought more and more negative attention to Meghan.
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
The documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, airs on Sunday at 9pm on @ITV #HarryandMeghan https://t.co/Uy21iE6ozJ pic.twitter.com/XYlHVytiHF
“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot,” she says. “So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um…yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
In the clip, her vulnerability is palpable. You can see the sadness in her eyes as she talks honestly about what's she's been going through. So when Bradby asks her if it “would be fair” to say she's “not really okay, as in it’s really been a struggle?” Of course her answer is going to be "Yes." This is a woman who is struggling with the demands of being a new mom, something we can all relate to. And then on top of it, she has a whole nation criticizing everything from the way she holds her baby to her leaving an event early to feed him. No one would be okay under those circumstances.
I can’t stop thinking about Meghan Markle and the way she looked in that interview. So vulnerable and deeply sad but also measuring every word and knowing she had to step carefully. The way she’s been treated is abominable and she carries the burden. It’s no right.— Olivia A. Cole (@RantingOwl) October 19, 2019
Meghan's mistreatment by the British press is what lead Prince Harry to take legal action against several publishers. The announcement of the lawsuits came right on the heels of the southern Africa trip. In a statement, Prince Harry called the treatment of the press "ruthless," adding that the couple has “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.”
Harry, in the documentary, notes the similarities between what's happening to Meghan and what happened to his mother, Princess Diana. “I think being part of this family — in this role, in this job — every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back,” he says.
I too am touched by that clip of Meghan Markle, but also you really should not have to open a vein to prove that you are hurt by things that are transparently hurtful.— Linda Holmes (@lindaholmes) October 18, 2019
The documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, will air in the U.S. on ABC Wednesday, October 23rd at 10 PM EST.