Meghan was told her life would be "destroyed"
During a massively honest interview in the recent ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, the former Suits actress explained that she was advised by friends to stop dating her now-husband because of the impact the media would have on her life.
Speaking to journalist Tom Bradby, Meghan explained, “I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand. 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.
“And I very naively thought, I’m American, we don’t have that there, what are you talking about? That doesn’t make any sense … I didn’t get it.
“So it’s been … complicated.”
Going on to admit that she has attempted to cope with the media scrutiny by trying to have a “British upper lip”, the Duchess went on, “I’ve said for a long time to H — that’s what I call him — it’s not enough to just survive something. That’s not the point of life. You’ve got to thrive. You’ve got to feel happy.
“I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a still upper lip. I really tried.
“But I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging and the biggest thing that I know is that I never thought that this would be easy. But I thought it would be fair.”
Elsewhere in the documentary, Meghan admitted that she is “not okay” following life in the media spotlight amid being a new mother to 5-month-old baby son Archie.
“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…” she said.
“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…”
When asked by Bradby if she would agree that she isn’t okay, she simply said, “Yes.”