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- Meghan Markle gave a rare emotional interview where she said she struggled with the press attention she’d received since becoming a new mom.
- In a clip from ITV’s upcoming documentary about her royal tour of Africa with Prince Harry and baby Archie, Markle said that “not many people have asked if I’m OK.”
- The Duchess of Sussex recently launched a legal battle with the Mail on Sunday, the newspaper that published a private letter she wrote to her father.
- Harry said in a statement at the time: “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
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The Duchess of Sussex gave a rare candid interview where she said she struggled with the media attention she’d received as a royal.
In a clip from ITV’s upcoming documentary about the duke and duchess’ tour of Africa, Meghan Markle told the interviewer, Tom Bradby, that it had become particularly difficult since giving birth to her son, Archie, in May.
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When asked how the increased media attention had affected her physical and mental health, Markle said: “Look, 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 really – it’s a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed, it’s …” she said, trailing off.
She added: “Also, thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m OK. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
To this, Bradby asked: “And the answer is, would it be fair to say, not really OK? As in it’s really been a struggle?”
“Yes,” Markle responded.
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Markle’s comments came amid her legal battle against the Mail on Sunday, the newspaper that published a private letter she wrote to her father.
Prince Harry released a powerful statement about the lawsuit, saying he had been “a silent witness to her private suffering for too long.”
“I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,” he added.
Until now, Markle has been reluctant to speak publicly about her relationship with the press.
Harry also got emotional when talking about their 5-month-old son at the WellChild Awards on Tuesday. He tearfully talked about what it was like to know that he and Markle were having a child before the world found out.
“Last year, when my wife and I attended, we knew we were expecting our first child. No one else did at the time, but we did,” he said. “And I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tight during the awards, and both of us were thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child, should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time.
“And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heartstrings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.”
“Harry & Meghan: An African Journey” will air on ITV at 9 p.m. on Sunday.
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