Meghan Markle has said that she is ‘existing, not living’ while struggling with the pressures of royal life and media scrutiny.
The Duchess opened up during an emotional interview with broadcaster Tom Bradby for a new documentary which is set to air on ITV tonight.
Harry & Meghan: An African Journey will offer an insight into the emotional journey the royal couple have been catapulted into since their wedding while following their ten-day tour of southern Africa.
Meghan Markle has said that she is ‘existing, not living’ while struggling with the pressures of royal life and media scrutiny
In an interview with ITV, The Duchess of Sussex said she has found the focus on her after her marriage and giving birth a struggle, adding: ‘Not many people have asked if I’m ok’
In an article for the Sunday Times, Mr Bradby recalled asking Meghan whether she was able to cope with the endless media scrutiny the newlywed has been under.
She said, ‘We are taking it one day at a time,’ before admitting that the couple are currently ‘existing, not living.’
The Duchess received an outpouring of support from Twitter users on Friday after a clip from tonight’s documentary was released in which she admitted she was ‘not really OK’.
Within an hour, #WeLoveYouMeghan became the top trending topic on the social media platform, with users offering positive messages in the wake of the Duchess’s recent media scrutiny.
While reflecting upon tonight’s documentary, Mr Bradby wrote that much of what he witnessed alongside the royals on their southern Africa tour ‘did not come as a surprise’.
The pair have been involved in charity work for years – Harry since his gap year that he spent working with children whose lives were affected by HIV in Lesotho, and Meghan has been involved with many charities and organisations that help young women to escape poverty and endemic levels of violence.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will take six weeks off from Royal duties for some ‘much-needed family time’, it was reported on Saturday night
The break follows Harry and Meghan’s ten-day tour of southern Africa, footage of which will be seen on ITV Sunday night in a documentary by broadcaster Tom Bradby
But Mr Bradby noted that ‘as the journey wore on, another human story gradually emerged, of a couple who clearly feel under the most extreme pressure and seem, at times, to be buckling beneath it’.
Meghan and Harry have spent the year under a media magnifying glass and have been accused of arrogance, profligacy and hypocrisy.
Mr Bradby also wrote about how he thinks Harry believes that the press killed his mother and how he now fears history may repeat itself with his wife.
He wrote: ‘I couldn’t help but notice how incredibly tired, even burnt out, Harry looked.’
In the hour-long documentary, Harry reportedly voices his desire to leave the UK, describing Cape Town in South Africa as ‘an amazing place to be able to base ourselves’.
He, however, acknowledged that such a move would be very difficult, if not impossible.
He said: ‘I don’t know where we could live in Africa.
‘With all the problems going on in Cape Town I don’t see how we’d be able to make as much difference as we want to.’
When Meghan was asked about the impact the intense public scrutiny has had on her ‘physical and mental health’ and how Harry is being ‘protective’ of her after what happened to his mother, she replied: ‘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…
The hashtag was trending in less than an hour after British author Greg Hogben urged people to share their support
‘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…’
She continues: ‘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.’
Tom asks her: ‘And the answer is, would it be fair to say, not really OK, as in it’s really been a struggle?’ Meghan, visibly upset, then replies: ‘Yes.’
The couple will be taking six weeks off from their royal duties over the Christmas period.
A Royal source told The Sunday Times: ‘The Duke and Duchess have a full schedule of engagements and commitments until mid-November, after which they will be taking some much-needed family time.’
The couple are expected to spend their first Christmas with their son Archie, who was born in May, with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family at Sandringham in Norfolk.
It is understood they will fly to Los Angeles next month to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.
Harry & Meghan: An African Journey is due for broadcast tonight at 9pm on ITV.