Before she began dating Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was a successful Hollywood actress but by no means a household name. Since marrying into the Royal Family, Markle has been thrust into the spotlight and many are beginning to think that living such a public life is taking its toll, especially now that the couple has welcomed their first child.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently attended the London premiere of Disney's The Lion King where Markle got surprisingly honest and candid during a conversation with music producer and performer Pharrell. During a meet and greet Pharrell can be heard praising the relationship that the couple has saying, "I’m so happy for your union." He went on to add more positive words about the couple's marriage saying, "Love is amazing. Love is beautiful. Don’t ever take that for granted. But what it means in today’s climate, I just wanted to tell you it’s so significant for many of us … we cheer you guys on."
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended #TheLionKing European premiere in London at the Odeon Theatre. In celebration of the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced #ProtectThePride, a global conservation campaign to support efforts protecting the rapidly diminishing lion population across Africa. As a part of their commitment to this cause, Disney also made a donation to The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming environment & community initiative which will be formally announced this autumn. The Duke and Duchess are committed to advancing conservation efforts across Africa and around the world, and working with communities to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. This evening Their Royal Highnesses had the pleasure of meeting the cast and creative team behind the film, as well as supporters of @africanparksnetwork, of which The Duke is President. Photo credit: PA images / Getty images - Chris Jackson
Markle touched the musician on the sleeve and laughed saying, "Thank you, they don't make it easy," which led many to believe she was commenting on living life under so much public scrutiny.
The statement comes amid reports that Markle was "a nightmare" after her recent visit to Wimbledon to watch friend Serena Williams play, as well as reports that she is already on her third nanny for son Archie. The couple was also criticized for having a private christening for son Archie, despite most royal christenings being private.
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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
British talk show host Piers Morgan criticized the Duchess after her visit to Wimbledon after reports surfaced that her security asked people not to take pictures since she was there in "a private capacity."
"This is so ridiculous, this obsession that her and Harry have about privacy,” Morgan stated on his morning talk show. "It's rankly hypocritical and they're not private people, they're the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We get to pay for their mansion, we get to do all of this ..." he continued. "If you want to be private, go back to America and live privately, it’s pretty straightforward," he ranted.
While it seems that the criticism may be making life in the spotlight difficult on the Duchess, she seems to be doing all she can to live her life on her terms as a member of the Royal Family.