“Not Many People Have Asked If I’m OK:” Meghan Markle Nearly Cries Discussing “Struggle” Living In The Spotlight

October 18, 2019  |  

Meghan Markle

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During what should be the happiest time of her life, Meghan Markle has admittedly been experiencing a great deal of “struggle” having been subjected to a swarm of negative press and public scrutiny after stepping into the spotlight.

From the moment the world became aware of her relationship with Prince Harry, the pair was met with prejudice, so much so that Kensington Palace had to release an official statement condemning the “abuse,” “harassment,” and “racial undertones” of remarks made in about the biracial actress dating a member of the royal family. Unfortunately, the racism and negatively haven’t slowed over the past three years, and the newlyweds, who are also new parents, are speaking about it candidly in an upcoming documentary.

This Sunday, ITV will air Harry & Meghan: An African Journey in the U.K., and in a heartbreaking clip, Meghan is nearly brought to tears when asked by British journalist Tom Bradby how the pressure she’s under has affected her mental and physical health just five months after giving birth to the couple’s son, Archie, on May 6. Meghan pauses for a beat in a moment that relays both gratitude for the question and the pain of her experience, before sharing:

“I would say…look any woman, especially when they are pregnant, you are really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know?

Seemingly avoiding tears, she added: “Especially as a woman it’s really, it’s really a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed, it’s um, yeah. And 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.”

When Tom interjects, saying, “And the answer is, would it be fair to say, not really OK? As in, it’s really been a struggle?” Meghan plainly remarks “yes.”

Harry spoke with the same candor in the documentary on the heels of his decision to sue a British tabloid for publishing false stories about Meghan throughout her pregnancy. Calling the death of his mother and the similar mistreatment his wife is now experiencing from the press “a wound that festers,” he shared:

“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 so in that respect it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best.”

In his previous statement regarding the lawsuit, Harry shared, “There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have 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.”

It appears on Sunday viewers will get a glimpse into that pain when this documentary airs.

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