*Meghan, Duchess of Sussex opened up about the pressures from media scrutiny during an emotional interview for an ITV documentary that aired in the UK over the weekend.
Harry and Meghan are set to take a break from their royal duties for six weeks, and there’s talk that the royal couple are ready to leave Britain all-together.
In the doc “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey,” Markle revealed to broadcaster Tom Brady that her friends warned her against marrying Prince Harry because the British press would “ruin her life”.
“When I first met my now-husband my friends were really happy because I was so happy but my British friends said to me: ‘I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life,” she explained.
Markle also said that she is “existing, not living” while struggling with the pressures of royal life. A clip from the doc shows Harry discussing potentially leaving the UK one day to live in Africa.
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“I don’t know where we could live in Africa at the moment,” he said. “We’ve just come from Cape Town, that would be an amazing place for us to be able to base ourselves, of course it would.
“But with all the problems that are going on there I just don’t see how we would be able to really make as much difference as we’d want to.”
Harry also revealed Africa will be the main focus of his and Meghan’s work in the future.
“The rest of our lives, especially our life’s work will be predominantly focused on Africa, on conservation. There are 19 commonwealth countries across this continent, there’s a lot of things to be done, there’s a lot of problems here but there’s also huge potential for solutions.”
While reflecting upon the documentary, Brady noted on Twitter how Harry believes 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.”
Meghan received an outpouring of support on Twitter Friday after a clip from the doc was shared online, of her discussing the impact the intense public scrutiny has had on her physical and mental health.
“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 newborn – you know…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 continued: “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.”