Meghan Markle Says Trying to Cope With Media Scrutiny Has Been 'Damaging'

Carla Harmon
October 21, 2019

The couple will take a six-week hiatus from their royal duties, which will allow them to enjoy Thanksgiving for the first time as a family of three, according to the report. Meghan guest-edited (and successfully debuted) the September issue of Vogue UK, and, shortly after, the family of three went on a week-long royal tour of Africa. We've just come from Cape Town.

British journalist Tom Bradby shared his upcoming exclusive ITV interview with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and the clip that has been going around features the new mother expressing that she is dealing with a lot. The doco, filmed across South Africa, Angola, Malawi, and Botswana, sees The Duke and Duchess speak exclusively to British news anchor Tom Bradby about the causes they're passionate about and about being a modern Royal... and copping shit from just about everyone.

He said his initial belief that they were "bruised, even a little defensive" ahead of their tour "wasn't even the half of it".

"Both of them in this trip came across as more vulnerable and bruised than the spoilt, petulant, arrogant and entitled caricatures that are sometimes tied to the public whipping post".

Hearing Meghan Markle speak makes me emotional because what she's talking about is larger than being a member of the British Royal Family; it's about the way that media targets and treats prominent Black women.

His takeaway: Meghan, who has been hit with diva rumors, and Harry's situation is "another human story gradually emerged, of a couple who clearly feel under the most extreme pressure and seem, at times, to be buckling under pressure".

The Duchess of Sussex, who gave birth to son Archie in May, also told the programme about her feelings of vulnerability during her pregnancy and as a new mother amid intense media scrutiny.

"And especially as a woman it's really, it's really a lot. I mean it's just so key because there's so much to still overcome and at the same time to actively push towards it", she said.

Meghan, 38, admits to Bradby that she's been struggling with the United Kingdom media's intense scrutiny of her, particularly during her pregnancy and after son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor's birth.

It's "a wound that festers"..."every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash", the Prince explained.

While Prince Harry's love for Africa is well known, the proud father revealed that his 5-month-old son Archie is already fond of the area as well.

But the couple will return across the pond by December for Archie's first Christmas.

Africa has always been a go-to place for the prince, who has visited the continent since his teen years and refers to it as "his second home".

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