The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are one of the most high profile couples in the world. But it seems that the pair, especially Meghan, have been feeling the emotional strain of being in the public eye.
After Prince Harry decided to take legal action against the British tabloid newspaper, The Mail on Sunday for publishing a private letter that Meghan wrote to her estranged father, a tear-jerking clip of Meghan opening up about her struggles for an emotional ITV documentary started doing the rounds on Twitter.
Meghan is clearly struggling, and now it has emerged that the Royal Family themselves are concerned for both Meghan and Harry’s well-being.
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Since she started dating Prince Harry back in 2016, the world has become completely obsessed with the former actress.
Meghan became the Duchess of Sussex, making her the first American, divorced, and black woman to join the royal family.
Since the wedding, Meghan has taken part in many royal tours, and visits all around the world. Having her first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, hasn’t stopped her from fulfilling her duties.
Her beautiful looks and elegant demeanor captured hearts all around the world, and her work for feminism and women’s charities has set an excellent example within the royal family.
Meghan was quickly criticized upon her entrance into the royal family, and not all complaints were because she “wasn’t royal enough.”
A family feud with her father, Thomas Markle, was quickly made very public and, when he didn’t attend the wedding, the heat was turned onto Meghan.
Thomas Markle made claims back in 2018 on British television breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, that Meghan had simply “ghosted” him, and he said: “I’ve still never met my son-in-law. Why couldn’t Prince Harry have got on a plane and flown to see me to ask for her hand?”
Sources said that “it’s a terribly sad situation but Meghan has made the very difficult decision that she doesn’t have an active relationship with her father anymore.”
“It’s obviously heartbreaking for her but she has to protect herself, her husband and her son.”
Reports came through that Meghan was extremely high-maintenance in the palace and servers who worked for her had reportedly even quit their jobs due to her behavior.
Of course, none of these reports are reliable, but they certainly made their way through newspapers around the world.
It was reported that Meghan left Kate “in tears” after a strict bridesmaid fitting for Princess Charlotte.
But, despite many claims that the sisters-in-law are actually very close, tabloids in both the U.K and the U.S. like to state otherwise, saying that Kate is “fed up” of Meghan’s high-maintenance attitude.
Amid current conversations about climate change, many people have noticed that the couple often use a private jet to fly from one part of England to the other, an extremely wasteful method of travel that will ultimately damage the environment.
But, of course, Meghan was the one who faced most of the heat for this.
The couple also recently made £2.4 million refurbishments to their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, which British taxpayers were not happy about – this was obviously all Meghan’s fault too *eye roll*.
She was repeatedly mom-shamed after paparazzi snaps emerged of her awkwardly holding baby Archie – a struggle that any new mom can totally relate to.
Shaming a new parent is completely uncalled for, and this made it very obvious that the press were desperate to stir hate.
Meghan’s eventful life is something that the papers simply love to pick apart…
And it seems that British tabloid paper, The Mail on Sunday, took things a step too far by publishing an intimate and private letter that Meghan wrote to her father earlier this year.
This decision came as Prince Harry made a highly personal attack on the British tabloid press over the treatment of his wife, saying that he could “no longer be a silent witness to her private suffering.”
It was taken very seriously…
In a statement on the Sussex’s official website, Harry announced that he will be going after the publishers of the Daily Mail for the misuse of private information, infringement of copyright, and the breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.
“As a couple, we believe in media freedom and objective, truthful reporting. We regard it as a cornerstone of democracy and in the current state of the world – on every level – we have never needed responsible media more,” he wrote.
“Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son.”
…something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis.”
He went on to say: “It is for this reason we are taking legal action, a process that has been many months in the making. The positive coverage of the past week from these same publications exposes the double standards of this specific press pack that has vilified her almost daily for the past nine months; they have been able to create lie after lie at her expense simply because she has not been visible while on maternity leave. She is the same woman she was a year ago on our wedding day, just as she is the same woman you’ve seen on this Africa tour.”
The Duchess was speaking as part of an ITV documentary.
When asked how long she can manage the constant onslaught of attention, lack of privacy and ongoing tabloid rumors, Meghan revealed she just takes “each day as it comes,” adding, “I think the grass is always greener. You have no idea. It’s really hard to understand what it’s like. I know what it seems like it should be, but it’s a very different thing,” People reports.
“I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a ‘stiff upper lip.’ I really tried, but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging,” she explained.
And that an element of scrutiny is to be expected – but only to a certain level.
“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,” she said.
“If things were fair … If I’d done something wrong, I’d be the first one to go ‘Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry. I would never do that,’ ” she added. “But when people are saying things that are just untrue and they are being told they’re untrue but they’re allowed to still say them — I don’t know anybody in the world who would feel like that’s okay.”
“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot,” she explained.
“So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um…yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
When asked if it “would be fair” to say that she’s “not really okay, as in it’s really been a struggle,” Meghan responded, “Yes.”
“It’s okay,” she said. “The good thing is that I’ve got my baby and I’ve got my husband and they’re the best.”
Meghan even thanked the presenter for asking how she is coping, saying: “Not many people have asked if I’m OK.”
The clip quickly circulated Twitter, with people flocking to support Meghan and slam those who have continually been throwing her abuse.
Others pointed out the sadness in her eyes.
They are reportedly planning a “6-week-break” from royal duties over the festive period.
According to Metro, the couple are looking forward to their first Christmas with baby Archie and are expected to join the Queen and other members of the royal family at Sandringham in Norfolk any time now.
It is understood that they will then fly to Los Angeles later this month to spend Thanksgiving with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.
But the Royal Family has finally spoken out about the situation…
Royal commentator Phil Dampier, who wrote ‘Royally Suited’ about Harry and Meghan’s romance, said senior royals “from the Queen down” are concerned and branded their comments in their new ITV documentary “very serious.”
Jonny Dymond, the BBC‘s royal correspondent, said, “I think they (the Royal Family) will be pretty horrified actually.”
It is known that the Royal Family have been experts at concealing their personal lives for decades, and Harry and Meghan speaking out about their struggles is certainly against Royal protocol.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Phil Dampier, who has written about the royals for over 3 decades, said, “I hope on their 6-week holiday they reflect very carefully on what they do next.”
“They had turned a corner with the Africa trip, but all the good works were overshadowed by this attack on the press,” Dampier said, “They are either being badly advised or they are simply ignoring the advice given.”
“I’m frankly astonished that Meghan is surprised by scrutiny from the tabloids and that she claims there aren’t any tabloids in the US,” he said.
“She has been an actress for many years and must’ve had all sorts of publicity, good and bad. I can’t believe she would be that naive.”
Dampier pondered this, saying, “Also, surely Harry, who is so desperate to protect her, would have warned her right from the start what she was letting herself in for… and they both said as much in their engagement interview.”
“I can honestly say that most tabloid royal reporters and editors I know wanted Meghan to succeed and saw her as a breath of fresh air.”
Many feel that the couple has brought this scrutiny on themselves…
“They have brought the bad press on themselves by lecturing people about climate change while using private jets themselves, telling the public – who paid for their home renovations – that they couldn’t see pictures of Archie’s christening, or know the names of his godparents, or even their dog! British people don’t like hypocrisy.”
It seems that Mr. Dampier has a valid point as to why Meghan has been receiving such a fierce backlash, but at the end of the day, the new mom deserves to be left alone for some time and to, most importantly, take the time to focus on herself and her family.