Meghan Markle talks pressures being new mom in spotlight

Lawrence Kim
October 20, 2019

In a new clip from ITV's forthcoming documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which will premiere in the United Kingdom on Sunday, Meghan Markle speaks candidly about the impact that intense media scrutiny has had on her physical and mental health during her time as a new mother.

A divorcee, former actress and black American, Markle faced public scrutiny long before her marriage with Prince Harry on May 10, 2018.

"Especially as a woman, it's a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mum or trying to be a newlywed it's, well..." "But it's a very real thing to be going through behind-the-scenes".

In the interview, Markle said that she "didn't have any understanding" of what it was like to date a member of the royal family and was completely unprepared for the intense scrutiny that she was receiving.

Holding back tears, Meghan thanks Bradby for asking about the impact the pressure has had on her mental and physical health.

Markle's clear exhaustion, in addition to what happened to his mother Princess Diana due to the same media obsession, is likely why Prince Harry has been so protective of his wife and vocally told the tabloids to back off.

"Oh my goodness, it's the most inspiring", Markle says in the ITV trailer. The film follows the royal couple across the continent and shines a light on their reactions to the media barrage they have experienced since the birth of their baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. "But as I said with the role, with the job, and the sort of pressure that come with that, I get reminded of the bad stuff, unfortunately".

Harry was 12 when his mother was killed in a auto crash during a paparazzi chase.

Even at times of great joy, like his wedding, his charity games, his walk in Africa... if we have photos of him from that moment, we now know those pics being taken tore at the wound just a bit.

Buckingham Palace confirmed two weeks ago the prince had begun legal action against The Sun, The Daily Mirror, and the already defunct News Of The World "regarding the alleged illegal interception of voicemail messages".

Harry & Meghan: An African Journey airs Sunday night on ITV.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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