‘I’m Not OK’ Says Meghan Markle As She Opens Up About Her Struggles As A Vulnerable New Mum

'Not many people have asked if I’m OK' says the Duchess.

'I'm Not Okay' Says Meghan Markle As She Opens Up About Her Struggles As A Vulnerable Pregnant Woman And New Mum

by Rebecca Reid |
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The Duchess of Sussex has given an emotional interview about her experience of pregnancy and motherhood as part of a documentary for ITV titled Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, which airs on Sunday at 9pm.

Presenter Tom Bradby followed the couple, and five-month-old Archie, throughout their African tour which saw Prince Harry undertake solo engagements while Meghan took care of their son. When asked about the struggles of having a baby under such enormous scrutiny, Meghan said: 'Look, any woman especially when they are pregnant you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a new born – 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 it’s, well...'

She goes on to say, in an incredible display of candour: 'And, 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 goes on to asks Meghan if it is fair to say that it has been a struggle. Meghan replies: 'Yes.'

Mehgan isn't the only one who is candid about her feelings, either. In another clip from the documentary, Prince Harry reveals he feels the 'festering wounds' left by his mother's death. Discussing the experience of walking in his mother's footsteps with landmine charity HALO, he says: ...I think 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 it takes me straight back so in that respect it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best. It’s been quite emotional retracing my mother’s steps, 22 years on. Let’s finish what was started. '

You can watch the full documentary on Sunday at 9pm on ITV.


Meghan Markle Africa Royal Tour Outfits - Grazia

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House of Nonie Trench Dress

Meghan recycled this gorgeous dress, for a meeting with Graça Machel, the widow of Nelson Mandela. The last time Meghan wore it, she visited London's Southbank Centre with Harry, where they looked at a display honoring the former president on what would have been his 100th birthday.

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Co Belted Midi Shirt Dress

Meghan keeps it chic for her last day on the tour in this gorgeous belted shirt dress! The Duchess was visiting the Youth Employment Services (also known as the Yes organization) in Johannesburg, which is dedicated to creating new work opportunities in the area.

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Room 502 Imperial Cotton Shirt Dress

For a visit to Action Aid on October 1, Meghan wore a cotton dress by sustainable brand Room 502, which... you guessed it, is now sold out!

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Banana Republic Double-Breasted Trench Dress

Meghan started the day in a Banana Republic Double-Breasted trench in khaki, which is now sold out in that colour and a pair of Stuart Weitzman shoes.

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Aritzia Wilfred Shirt Dress

For a visit to Victoria Yards in Johannesburg, Meghan wore a navy Wilfred Shirt Dress by Aritzia, and a pair of orange 'The Editor' slingbacks by Everlane, which are both still available to buy.

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Everlane Japanese Go Weave Essential Jumpsuit

Also on day three, Meghan wore a £100 Everlane jumpsuit, Manolo Blahnik BB pointy pumps in black and a pair of £174 GAS Bijoux Gormette Circle earrings.

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Club Monaco Dremah Silk Dress

Day three begins! And Meghan Markle starts the day with a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu wearing a Club Monaco Dremah silk dress, and in case you're wondering Baby Archie is wearing £12.99 dungarees from H&M.

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Martin Grant striped maxi dress

For an evening reception in Cape Town, Meghan Markle rewore a sold out Martin Grant striped maxi dress she wore on the previous royal tour, and a pair of Nina Bosch Flora Leaf earrings which are still available to buy for £400.

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STAUD Millie Dress

While visiting the Auwal Mosque in Cape Town, Meghan Markle wore a khaki STAUD dress which is available for pre-order, a cream headscarf and a pair of £85 'Sally Flats' by Sam Edelman

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Madewell Jean Jacket

For a visit to NGO Waves for Change at Monwabisi Beach, Meghan rewore a £113 Madewell jean jacket, J. Crew Perfect Shirt in Irish Linen which is now sold out, black jeans and a pair of Brother Vellies 'Hurraches' flats, which are £157

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Veronica Beard 'Cary' Dress

Keeping her £80 Castaner wedges on, Meghan changed into a dress she's also worn on the previous royal tour: the 'Cary' dress by US brand Veronica Beard, which is now sold out.

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Mayamiko Dalitso Maxi Wrap Dress

Starting off the tour in style, Meghan Markle wore a Dalitso Maxi Wrap Dress by Malawi-based brand Mayamiko, which is now sold out. And a pair of 'Carina' espadrilles from Castaner which she wore on the previous royal tour, which are £80 and still available to buy.

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