Last night, ITV in the UK aired the documentary, Meghan and Harry: An African Journey. The documentary saw British news anchor Tom Bradby trail the couple on their ten-day tour of Africa and interview them both about the pressures that the tabloid media in particular had put on them.
Harry spoke candidly about his mother’s death being “a wound that still festers.”
“I think (of) being part of this family, in this role, in this job every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash,” Harry said. “It takes me straight back, so in that respect it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best,” he told Bradby.
Meghan, meanwhile, revealed her struggle with negative press.
“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging,” Meghan said, holding back tears. “And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot. So, you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed.”
She expressed gratitude to Bradby for asking about her welfare. ”Thank you for asking, because not many people will have asked if I’m OK,” she said. “But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
For the first time, Harry also acknowledged that he and Prince William “are on different paths”.
“Part of this role and part of this job and this family being under the pressure that it’s under … stuff happens. But, look, we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers,” Harry said.
“We’re certainly on different paths at the moment,” Harry continued. “But I’ll always be there for him and, as I know, he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but I love him dearly.”
Response to the documentary has been swift, and in some cases, brutal. Many royal commentators (coincidentally, speaking with the same tabloids that Harry and Meghan are suing) have suggested that “everyone from the Queen down” is worried about the “divisive direction” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are going in.
Royal commentator Penny Junor described the couple’s actions as a ‘big mistake’.
“My advice would be to keep his [Harry’s] head down, and I’m afraid to say, stop whingeing,” she said.
‘Yes, Harry’s been through a lot, but there’s a lot of other people who have been through a hell of a lot as well, and a lot of people who don’t have the privileges that he has.’
Junor added: ‘He does do, and can continue to do, some really good work and make a real difference to people’s lives.
‘He’s got to get a grip on himself.
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This afternoon, The Duke of Sussex attended a mental health workshop at Lambeth Palace hosted by The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. This event focused on how the church and community organisations can encourage youth to have an open conversation about their mental health, and how their faith and community can play a key role in that. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a close personal relationship with The Archbishop of Canterbury, who officiated their wedding and also oversaw the baptism of their son. The Duke was pleased to attend this special conference to lend his support to The Archbishop and highlight the important work being done to tackle mental health challenges, specifically for the younger generation. We can all come together, regardless of background, race, or religious affiliation, to support each other as a community and ensure we are putting our mental wellness first. For more information on this event, please check out: http://cofe.io/MentalHealth Photo©️SussexRoyal / PA images
Meghan and Harry have also shared their plans to spend Thanksgiving in the US with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. The holiday will be part of a six-week vacation for Meghan and Harry, who are said to be considering a permanent move to either the US or Africa.
We just hope they can find some peace soon. All this pressure can’t be easy on their relationship, either.