American actress Meghan Markle, 38, is living the royal life–literally–since marrying Prince Harry, 35, of Windsor in 2018. The couple gave birth to their first child, a son named Archie, earlier this year. Even though Markle enjoys a lavish life, much of which is funded by UK taxpayers, she doesn’t seem to appreciate everything she has been given.
The former Suits actress and Harry spoke about a range of topics on the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.
Harry was asked about conflicts between him and his brother, Prince William. He responded, “Part of this role and part of this job and this family being under the pressure that it’s under. … Inevitably, you know, stuff happens. But we’re brothers. We’ll always be brothers.”
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Markle complained about the media coverage of the couple, saying they were just “surviving” amid it all.
She said, “It’s hard. I don’t think anybody can understand that. In all fairness, I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand, but when I first met Harry, my friends were so excited, my US friends were happy because I was happy. But my British friends, they were sure he was lovely, but they said I shouldn’t do it because ”the British tabloids will destroy your life.’ Because I’m American I very naively didn’t get it. It’s complicated.”
Markle added, “I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair and that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile. I’ve said for a long time to H – that’s what I call him – it is not enough to just survive something. That’s not the point of life. You’ve got to thrive and feel happy. I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried, I really tried. But I think what that does internally is probably really damaging.”
The host of the documentary pushed back, pointing out to her that she enjoys a life of wealth and privilege. She responded, “When people are saying things that are just untrue, and they are being told they are untrue but they are allowed to still say them, I don’t know anybody in the world who would feel that’s OK and that is different from just scrutiny. I think the grass is always greener. You have no idea. It is really hard to understand what it’s like. The good thing is that I have got my baby and I have got my husband and they are the best.”
But she wasn’t done complaining.
Markle went on, “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… 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.”
The searingly honest interviews come following months of controversy involving Meghan and Harry, who came under fire for their privacy demands over Archie’s christening, their use of private jets, and Meghan’s Wimbledon appearance when she banned fans from taking photos.
And just two weeks ago the couple waged war on the media, announcing they were suing the Mail on Sunday over its publication of Meghan’s estranged father’s letters, and began legal action against the Sun and Mirror news groups over allegations of phone hacking dating back to the early 2000s.
After the programme aired, more than 20,000 MailOnline readers gave an overwhelmingly negative response, criticising the couple for trying to find ‘sympathy’ and others branding it a ‘missed opportunity’ for them to win back support. [Daily Mail]