Markle Says She's Not OK, Internet Rallies to Her Side

Markle reveals in interview she's been struggling with the pressure of being a royal, new mom
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2019 6:30 AM CDT

Meghan Markle has had an eventful year, most notably with the birth of her son, Archie, and People reports she's now "getting real" about all of the pressures that go along with that. Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, an ITV documentary on Markle and Prince Harry, is set to air Sunday, and ITV released an early clip of Markle's chat with journalist Tom Bradby, which quickly raised the concern of the internet. In the interview, Markle reveals how any pregnant woman feels "vulnerable," and that once the baby is born, that feeling simply ramps up. Add in the high-profile life Markle leads as part of the royal family, complete with pressure from the media, and she notes: "It's a lot." Then, a rather poignant moment, as Markle says to Bradby, "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."

Bradby then gently prods, "Would it be fair to say, [you're] not really OK? As in it's really been a struggle?" A weary-sounding Markle simply responds, "Yes." Markle-themed hashtags soon popped up on Twitter, with most responses in support of the duchess of Sussex, calling her interview "candid" and "graceful." Many reactions were also angry, calling out the media and others (including Piers Morgan) for racism and bullying against Markle. "These eye pools of hurt & pain. British trash media are breaking this vulnerable beautiful girl as they did Harry's mum," one sympathetic commenter noted, adding the hashtag #WeLoveYouMeghan. In other news, it was reported Friday that Markle filed suit earlier in the week against the Mail on Sunday for printing a "private and confidential" note to her estranged father during a "time of great personal anguish and distress," People notes. (More Meghan Markle stories.)

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