Meghan Markle’s life has changed drastically in the past several years. The Duchess of Sussex went from a moderately known actress to one of the most recognizable women on the globe. Markle had already made a name for herself as Rachel Zane on the long-running TV series, Suits. However, her romance and marriage with Prince Harry have made her a constant part of the news cycle.
Becoming a senior member of the British Royal Family has certainly taken its toll on Markle’s mental health and psyche. Though she’s tried to approach royal life with her own modern flair, the British press and public haven’t exactly been kind to her.
In fact, Prince Harry is now suing several publishers for harassing Markle and publishing lies about her. However, there was a time, long before she became a duchess that Markle wanted media attention.
ITV’s @tombradby spoke to Meghan as he gained exclusive access to the royal couple as they toured Africa for 10 days with their son Archie.
Meghan Markle is having a difficult time in the public eye
Almost as soon as she married Prince Harry in May 2018 — the bullying and harassment that Markle has experienced has been overwhelming. In an ITV documentary— Harry and Meghan: An African Journey filmed in October 2019, the duchess said,
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…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, um, yeah….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.
Prince Harry will do whatever it takes to protect Meghan Markle and their family
Prince Harry is also suffering under the strain of the public mania surrounding his wife. However, he will stop at nothing to make sure his family is protected even if that puts him at odds with the British Royal family. “Everything that she went through and what happened to her is incredibly raw every single day, and that is not being me being paranoid,” he said in the documentary. “That’s just me not wanting a repeat of the past. If anybody else knew what I knew, be it a father or be it a husband, be it, anyone. You would probably be doing exactly what I am doing as well.”
In the past Meghan Markle adored media exposure
During her acting days before she became well-known, the duchess and her team went after media exposure with gusto. The Mail on Sunday’s Showbusiness editor Katie Hind wrote about meeting Markle in 2013.
“It soon became clear that Meghan was determined to raise her profile – even if it was with an inconsequential 80-word piece tagged on to the end of my weekly column,” Hind revealed. “She was softly spoken, kind and eager to chat. Pouring me some of the venue’s house prosecco into a plastic champagne flute, I sensed an eagerness to make me her friend. Clearly, networking was something at which she excelled. Either she didn’t realise she was doing it or – more likely in my view – she had it down to a fine art. At the time, she just seemed like a normal woman.”
Though Markle’s life has changed drastically in the past seven years — Hind finds it challenging to separate the woman who wanted to be put on a platform and the woman who now seeks privacy. She said,
It isn’t easy to reconcile the Meghan who appeared so at ease talking candidly with a tabloid journalist she had never previously met with the Duchess on our screens last weekend who spoke of her hatred for the British tabloids. Had contempt hidden behind the hugs on that rooftop bar six years ago? Did her smiles really mask a snarl of disgust? Or is it that, as the Duchess of Sussex, she no longer needs the gossip column coverage that plain Meghan Markle once craved?
A great deal can change in one day — even more can change over the course of seven years.