Royal Family Is In Chaos Following Meghan Markle’s Revealing Interview On ITV
For the first time since Meghan Markle became a mother, she and her husband, Prince Harry, offer a series of candid interviews in a new ITV documentary, “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.” The newlyweds open up about their mental health challenges as a result of “unfair” British tabloids while they embarked on a tour of southern Africa on behalf of the United Kingdom. On the last day of their tour, the world learned of the royal couple’s legal action against the British press. Meghan has sued the Mail over allegedly unlawfully publishing a private letter written to her father.
Since the documentary has aired, supporters have rallied to Markle’s side, demanding that the British press ‘leave her alone’. The documentary seems to have also invited further criticism from the Royal family.
The criticism seems so harsh, Meghan Markle was touched to even be asked how she’s doing.
“Not many people have asked if I’m okay,” she told journalist Tom Bradby. “But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.” In the video, she goes on to say, “Look, any woman when they’re — especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging, and 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.”
In hindsight, Markle feels she was “naive” about how her choice to marry Prince Harry would invite so much destruction in her life.
“I had no idea,” she recalls. “Which probably sounds difficult to understand here, but 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.’ I didn’t get it.”
But the tabloid commentators aren’t letting up.
“I’m frankly astonished that Meghan is surprised by scrutiny from the tabloids and that she claims there aren’t any tabloids in the US,” royal commentator Phil Dampier told The Daily Mail. “She has been an actress for many years and must’ve had all sorts of publicity, good and bad. I can’t believe she would be that naive. Also, surely Harry, who is so desperate to protect her, would have warned her right from the start what she was letting herself in for. And they both said as much in their engagement interview.”
Dampier continues to blame the couple for the bad press, citing that “lecturing people about climate change while using private jets themselves” doesn’t gain any favors with the public. Dampier also went on to effectively say that the tax dollars that pay for their lives entitle the public to pictures of baby Archie’s christening, and the names of his godparents.
The Queen is reportedly “very worried” that the couple is seeking to be “divisive” rather than constructive by airing their grievances against the press.
Critics are continuing to presume that the Queen is unhappy with the couple’s choice to be candid, something that Princess Diana received a lot of pushback for. Queen Elizabeth certainly kept her emotional world a secret to the public. Prince William, Harry’s older brother, is also reportedly “worried” that the couple was “in a fragile place” after seeing the documentary.
But women of color aren’t having any of the royal families’ criticisms.
“The British Press literally destroyed Princess Diana,” Evette sub-tweeted. “I am unsure why the Royal Family assumed Meghan Markle, a mixed-race woman from the United States, would be treated any better. If anything, they should’ve anticipated she’d be treated worse and insulated her better.”
For Prince Harry, protecting his family from the tabloids has been a matter of life-or-death.
Prince Harry lost his mother, Princess Diana, to a car crash in Paris in 1997 while she attempted to escape pursuit from the paparazzi. “I will always protect my family, and now I have a family to protect,” Prince Harry said when asked if he was worried that his wife would experience the same pressure his mother did. “So everything that she [Diana] went through, and what happened to her, is incredibly important every single day, and that is not me being paranoid — that is just me not wanting a repeat of the past.”
For now, the Internet seems to be #TeamMeghan, and are coming to her defense.
Famed journalist Katie Couric took to Twitter to say, “I so admire #MeghanMarkle for being honest, open and vulnerable about the struggles she’s faced as a new mother and very public figure. #WeLoveYouMeghan.”
Roxanne Gay, author of “Bad Feminist”, tweeted her support, “I am very moved by that video of Meghan Markle. The pain in her eyes. I feel so much empathy for her and just want to reach out in friendship. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to deal with the British press and the monarchy while just trying to live.”