Meghan Markle Opens Up About New Mom Stress In Interview

Meghan Markle Opens Up About New Mom Stress In Emotional Interview

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Meghan Markle got very honest about new mom stress compounded with life in the public eye

Over the last few years, Meghan Markle’s life has totally transformed. From marrying into the royal family, getting pregnant with her first child, and becoming a mother to son Archie in May, to getting the opportunity to travel around the world advocating a message of love and change, you can say the last few years have been a roller coaster for the former Suits star. While many of us can’t exactly relate to her overall experience, (because seriously, who can?) her journey as a mother is universal. In a new new clip from their upcoming documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, the Duchess of Sussex gets extremely emotional opening up to ITV’s Tom Bradby about her experience.

“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, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot,” she said about how being in the spotlight impacts her.

“So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um… yeah,” she continued.

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While in Johannesburg today, The Duchess of Sussex visited Victoria Yards, which celebrates the power of community, bringing local artisans and “makers” together to rebuild, support and learn from each other on a holistic level. It was an exceptional afternoon where The Duchess had the chance to connect with the children and founders of the phenomenal programme for kids’ development Timbuktu in The Valley. She was also struck by the local denim designer who founded eponymous brand Tshepo who shared this info about the logo for his line: “The crown on my jeans represents the three ladies who raised me. Enjoy wearing this crown.” Such a beautiful and touching sentiment! Artists, artisans, sculptors, metal workers and carpenters are all part of the fabric of Victoria Yards, but it also utilizes the power of The DICE programme which supports several other local organisations in their work with marginalised youth and women. These include: 94 Colours (run by The Duchess’ guides for the day, Hector and Sibusiso), CDP (a development programme for young unemployed and marginalised women that provides training to start creative enterprises), Enke (rebuilds the confidence and self-belief of unemployed youth through training and practical experience), 26’10 South (an architecture firm designing a local youth centre) and ReimagiNation (works with local secondary school students to create a social and creative enterprising mindset). Stay tuned for more updates from this special afternoon… #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica

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Perhaps the most heart-triggering moment of the clip was when Meghan realized that Bradby was one of the only people who asked her how she was doing.

“I guess, also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes,” she said.

He then asked if it “would be fair” to say that she’s “not really okay, as in it’s really been a struggle?” The second most emotional moment? When she quietly responded, “Yes.”

While the Duchess manages to keep a smile on her face during all of her public appearances, she is clearly struggling on the inside — something that can clearly be seen by the pain in her eyes during this interview.

While there will always be haters, because some people are just jealous and miserable, so many people on social media rallied behind Meghan after interview, using the hashtag #WeLoveYouMeghan.