Last month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex went viral after opening up about the highs and lows of their royal duties in the ITV documentary, “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.” While Harry shared his concern about the negative media attention, likening the media’s treatment of Meghan Markle to that of his mother Princess Diana, Markle revealed how she’s coping with the negative attention and false allegations, all while dealing with the struggles of motherhood.
“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. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot,” Markle said in a clip, which in turn sparked an outpour of love and support for the new mother. “So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um…yeah. I guess, 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.”
Although many felt sympathy for the former actress, others slammed her for her vulnerability, claiming she knew what she was getting herself into regarding marrying a Prince. But despite the mixed emotions, Markle is not concerned with whether people like her or not, as she’s not seeking anyone’s approval or affection. All she asks is that people hear what she has to say, according to The Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon.
“If I have learnt anything about Meghan in the time I have known her, it is that she is a doer,” Gordon wrote, adding, “not a wallower. She lives in the solution, not the problem. She told me that she didn’t want people to love her – she just wanted them to be able to hear her.”
In fact, during a surprise visit to Luminary Bakery, which employs disadvantaged women, Markle also opened up about ditching royal protocol in an attempt to connect with people on a genuine level and spoke on finding comfort in connecting with other women.
“One of the things I have realized since being here [in the UK] is that people have an expectation when I’m coming somewhere, so I’m like, let’s just be really relaxed, keep everyone nice and chilled, because at the end of the day we’re all just women,” Markle said during the visit. “We all have a story to tell, and I feel honored that I am getting to hear yours.”
“I find that when you strip all the layers away, as people, and especially as women, we can find a deep connection with each other, and a shared understanding,” Meghan said. “Our lives may be different, our backgrounds, our experiences, all varied, but I find that in these moments of connection it becomes abundantly clear that our hopes, our fears, our insecurities, the things that make us tick…. well, those are very much the same. And there’s comfort in that.”