Tearful Meghan And The Royals Also Cry Documentary Hits The Airwaves
London, Oct 20, 2019 (AltAfrica)-In a moving new documentary scheduled to hit the airwaves on Sunday, October 20th, 2019, Megan Markle is speaking out about the pressure of being in the spotlight. And in a preview released ahead of today’s broadcast, the new royal came close to tears when she admitted that the press scrutiny has been a struggle, especially in the months since Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was born in May.
Duchess Meghan also opens up in the documentary about dealing with negative press during her pregnancy:pic.twitter.com/lVCSfw05SZ— Omid Scobie (@scobie) 18 October 2019
While Prince Harry has spoken powerfully about the treatment he and Meghan say they have suffered at the hands of the tabloids, this is the first time Meghan has opened up.
Harry: “With the role, with the job, and the sort of pressures that come with that I get reminded of the bad stuff, unfortunately.”pic.twitter.com/whBHcNE9Ow— Omid Scobie (@scobie) 17 October 2019
In her conversation with ITV’s Tom Bradby, Meghan said she told friends that she had been suffering behind the scenes. Clearly emotional, she thanked the interviewer for asking if she is alright. “Thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m O.K.,” she said. “But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.
In response, Bradby asked, “Would it be fair to say, not really O.K., as in it’s really been a struggle?”
“Yes,” Meghan said.
Bradby was granted interview time with both Harry and Meghan when he traveled with the couple during their tour of southern Africa last month. In the early footage from the documentary, he said, “Most of the work was really uplifting, for sure, but there was another story in this documentary too… of the true pressures of life in the spotlight and the toll it has taken on them both.”
In an interview after one of her final engagements in Johannesburg, Meghan said, “Look, any woman especially when they are pregnant, [is] really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging. Then when you have a newborn… 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…” Her voice broke off as she became tearful.
The comments come after Prince Harry condemned the British press for its treatment of Meghan. On the penultimate day of the couple’s Africa tour, Harry announced that Meghan is suing the Mail on Sunday after they published a private letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle. He also used the statement to accuse the British tabloid press of waging a “ruthless” campaign against Meghan that had “escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son.” He wrote the statement himself.
Sources close to Harry say that he has been very emotional’ behind the scenes, and earlier this week he broke down at the Well Child Awards. Meghan has told one source that she felt that from the beginning the British press were “out to get her.” While she says she does not read the tabloids, she is an avid reader online, where she has been the subject of particularly vicious trolling.
Sources close to the Sussexes say they hope that by speaking out to the media, the narrative will begin to change.
“There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda,” Harry said in the statement, “specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face—as so many of you can relate to—I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.’
Criticisms of the newspapers and news platforms that pick on Markle have included accusations of racism. But her husband Harry is fighting back in his own way too.