The Duke and Duchess open up about the pressures of the royal spotlight in a documentary about their Africa tour. The documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, aired on Sunday via ITV News in the UK and this Wednesday for US viewers. A clip by journalist, Tom Bradby, from ITV shows Meghan Markle having a royal break down about her life as a duchess.
ITN Productions and ITV News worked together to produce the documentary that follows the Duke and Duchess through Africa. The documentary shows a very candid view of the struggle in a clip where Meghan Markle breaks down.
“When I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me: ‘I’m sure he’s great but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life,’” Meghan said.
She admits she may have been naive to think that the tabloids weren’t likely to scrutinize her because she didn’t experience that in the US. She added that she “really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip.”
However, a stiff upper lip doesn’t help in pregnancy.
“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,” she added.
This moment captured the hearts of Meghan’s supporters who embarked on a supportive campaign for Meghan via Twitter. Since the clip’s release, fans have been rallying #WeLoveYouMeghan on all social media platforms.
Like Meghan’s fans, Prince Harry has come to Meghan’s rescue in recent weeks. In a personal statement, he said that he fears Meghan is fated to the same scrutiny as his late mother.
“I’ll not be bullied into playing a game, but they killed my mum. I will always protect my family, and now I have a family to protect,” he said in the documentary. “That’s just me not wanting a repeat of the past.”
Harry admits that it gets difficult trying to constantly deal with the public eye. Their campaign with Every Mind Matters showcases the Royals as mental health advocates but Harry says the media has taken a toll his.
“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,” said Harry.
Harry admits he tries to manage the effects of the media, but it’s hard.
“[For] me and for my wife, of course, there’s a lot of stuff that hurts — especially when the majority of it is untrue,” Harry said referring to the way media targets his family.
Meghan may only have Harry by her side, but her fans have her back. #WeLoveMeghanMarkle too Harry.