Meghan Markle close to tears speaking about 'struggle' of being pregnant in media spotlight

18 October 2019, 15:40

By Kate Buck

The Duchess of Sussex has spoken the 'struggle' of being pregnant in the media spotlight during an emotional interview.

It is hard for anyone to argue that Meghan's life has change exponentially in the past year since her marriage to Prince Harry.

She's become a wife, a mother and a member of the royal family, which brings with it almost constant scrutiny.

Speaking to ITV's Tom Bradby during her and Harry's recent tour of southern Africa, she shared how vulnerable she felt during before and after giving birth to son Archie in May.

She said: "Not many people have asked if I'm OK".

"Look, any woman - especially when they are pregnant - you're really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a new born - you know?

"And especially as a woman, 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, well..."

Meghan Markle has opened up to what life is like under the glare of the media
Meghan Markle has opened up to what life is like under the glare of the media. Picture: ITV
Meghan and Harry are currently embattled in legal action against a number of news organisations
Meghan and Harry are currently embattled in legal action against a number of news organisations. Picture: PA

She added: "It's a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes."

Asked if it would be fair to say it had "really been a struggle", Meghan replied: "Yes."

The couple's 10-day tour of South Africa was plunged into controversy after they each brought separate legal actions against parts of the press.

Meghan is suing the Mail on Sunday over a breach of privacy when it published a private letter between her and her estranged father.

Harry later filed his own proceedings at the High Court in relation to the alleged illegal interception of voicemail messages by Sun, News of the World and Daily Mirror journalists.

A lot has changed for Meghan in the past year
A lot has changed for Meghan in the past year. Picture: PA

The interview is part of a documentary set to air at 9pm on Sunday on ITV detailing the duke and duchess's 10-day tour last month.

In it, Harry also opens up about his grief surrounding his mother's death.

Harry said that he felt significant pressure being a member of the royal family in the spotlight, and was particularly stressed by the memories of his mother's relationship with the press.

He said: "I think probably a wound that festers.

"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, so in that respect it's the worst reminder of her life, as opposed to the best.

"Being here now, 22 years later, trying to finish what she started, will be incredibly emotional, but everything that I do reminds me of her.

"But as I said, with the role, with the job, and the sort of pressures that come with that, I get reminded of the bad stuff, unfortunately."

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