Not surprisingly, Meghan Markle has been struggling through incessant public scrutiny since she started dating Prince Harry of Britain.
What is surprising, however, is how candidly the 38-year-old faced him in a recent interview. For the first time, the former American actress spoke of the challenges behind the scenes as a royal, a bride and a new mother – and it happened after a journalist simply asked her how she was.
Spoiler warning: not well.
The revelation came in "Harry and Meghan: An African Journey", an upcoming special documentary about the recent trip to Africa of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Tom Bradby, still British of ITV News, was traveling for the family and performed welfare control on the "seed" star amid serious criticism that led the couple to take a legal action .
"Listen, every woman, especially when she's pregnant, is really vulnerable and this has been made really stimulating. And when you have a baby, you know. And especially as a woman, it's a lot," said the duchess, looking on edge of tears, in a clip that aired on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday.
The actress born in Los Angeles left her career to marry the famous royal in May 2018. They welcomed their son Archie about a year later, but not without being analyzed at every step, from renovations to home, hair and wardrobe to private flights.
Famous friends including Elton John (a friend of Harry's late mother Diana), television host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Jameela Jamil supported the couple amidst the intense control that some believe is fueled by the legacy of the duchess's mixed race.
Responding to such criticism, Markle continued with Bradby: "So add this as well as try to be a new mom and try to be a newly-wed person. I imagine – and I thank you also for asking because not many people have asked if I'm okay – but it's a very real thing to go backstage. "
"And the answer is, it would be fair to say, not really OK," said Bradby, adding, "Was it really a fight?" To which Markle replied: "Yes".
"Harry and Meghan: An African Journey" will air on ABC on October 23rd.