“Not many people have asked if I’m okay,” says Markle.
UPDATE: 10/18/19, 11:42 a.m.
Markle’s comments on the challenges of being in the spotlight have already begun to go viral on the internet. In fact, #WeLoveYouMeghan is trending.
Among the thousands of fans and Twitter users showing their support for the Duchess of Sussex are Lili Reinhart and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“This breaks my heart,” the “Riverdale” actress shared. “We live in such an entitled world these days. Everyone feels they have the right to scrutinize and judge. It’s disgusting. And if you’re one of those people who goes online to talk about women, whom you know nothing about, you need to check yourself.”
AOC added, “‘Thank you for asking, bc not many people have asked if I’m ok.’ Sudden prominence is a very dehumanizing experience. There’s a part of your life that you lose, & it later dawns on you that you’ll never get it back. The people who treat you like a human make all the difference.”
But not every celebrity sympathizes with Markle.
Piers Morgan took a shot at the new mom on Twitter, writing, “The best way to avoid the media spotlight is definitely to make a self-promotional TV documentary in which you moan about attention. Smart move, Meghan.”
ORIGINAL STORY: 10/18/19, 9:03 a.m.
Marrying into the royal family comes with its downsides, including the intense attention from the media and public about one’s personal life. It’s an issue Meghan Markle has faced firsthand since her relationship with Prince Harry first began and only intensified when the two got married and, eventually, welcomed a child together.
In a preview clip from ITV’s upcoming documentary “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey” — which documents the couple’s recent tour of the continent — Markle gets candid with reporter Tom Bradby about the challenges that come with being in the spotlight.
While his question wasn’t shown in the clip, it appears Bradby first asks Markle if she’s okay, a question she really seemed to appreciate.
“Look 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 … and especially as a woman, it’s really, it’s a lot,” she said. “So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed, it’s … well, I guess … and also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s, uh, it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
Bradby followed up that answer by asking her to clarify. “And the answer is? Would it be fair to say, ‘Not really ok,’ as in it’s really been a struggle??” he asked. “Yes,” she replied.
Meghan and Harry, who welcomed son Archie earlier this year, have been battling the media for some time now. Earlier this month, Harry issued a lengthy statement in support of his wife, calling out “relentless propaganda” she’s been victim of. Saying she’s been subject to “a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son,” Harry said that while they’ve “continued to put on a brave face — as so many of you can relate to” he could not “begin to describe how painful it has been.”
“I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in,” he said, before the two took legal action against a few specific British outlets.
The documentary will air Sunday, October 23 on ABC.