Meghan Markle Opens Up About Enduring Public Scrutiny as a New Mom

Chelsey Sanchez

From Harper's BAZAAR

Life in the royal spotlight for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, hasn't been particularly easy.

While speaking to ITV News for Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, an upcoming documentary about the couple's recent royal tour of southern Africa, Meghan opened up about the different ways that living under intense public scrutiny—especially while expecting her first child—have affected her.

"Any woman, especially when they're pregnant, you're really vulnerable. So, that was made really challenging," Meghan told ITV's Tom Bradby during a rare one-on-one interview. "And, then when you have a newborn, 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."

She also expressed gratitude to Bradby for his willingness to touch upon a sensitive subject. "I guess also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I'm okay," the duchess said, "but it's a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes."

When asked by Bradby if it would be fair to say that her time as a royal has "really been a struggle," Meghan simply replied, "Yes."

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Bradby also spoke to Prince Harry about the vulnerabilities of constantly being in the spotlight as a royal, especially in light of his mother Princess Diana's death over 20 years ago. In 1997, the late royal died in a car accident while allegedly trying to evade paparazzi.

"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," Prince Harry said, alluding to his mom. "In that respect, it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best."

Earlier this month, Prince Harry and Meghan announced that they would be taking British tabloid The Mail on Sunday to court after the outlet published a private letter Meghan wrote.

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