Meghan Markle Reveals Her Friends Told Her Not To Marry Prince Harry
Meghan Markle is opening up in a way fans have never seen before in Tom Bradby’s new ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey , as the former Suits actress-turned-Duchess of Sussex makes it clear that joining the royal family hasn’t turned out as she expected. Markle told the cameras that she never thought this would be easy, but she thought it would be fair. And now, she realizes why her British friends told her not to marry Prince Harry.
Markle says that the treatment she has received from the British press - and how unfair it has been - is the part of her new life that is “really hard to reconcile.” The mom of Archie Harrison added that when she started dating Harry, her American friends were thrilled for her because she was happy, but her British friends warned her not to do it.
“It’s hard. I don’t think anybody can understand that. In all fairness, I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand, but when I first met Harry, my friends were so excited, my US friends were happy because I was happy,” Meghan said. “But my British friends, they were sure he was lovely, but they said I shouldn’t do it because ‘the British tabloids will destroy your life.’ Because I’m American I very naively didn’t get it. It’s complicated.”
The 38-year-old royal explained that she has done her best to adopt the British sensibility of a stiff upper lip, but internally that’s probably really damaging. Markle says she has told “H” - which is what she calls Prince Harry - that it’s not enough to just survive something because that’s not the point of life. Instead, you have to thrive and feel happy.
Markle explained that when people continue to say things that aren’t true - even though they’ve been told it’s not true - that is different from scrutiny, and no one would feel OK with that. The Duchess of Sussex said that it’s hard for people to understand what it’s like, but the good thing is she has her husband and her baby, who are “the best.”
Harry cosigned his wife’s statement, and said that he will always try to uphold a certain set of values that his mom - the late Princess Diana - taught him, despite what his role and job sometimes entails. Prince Harry said he will always protect his family, and added that everything Markle has gone through is incredibly important. The red-headed royal said it’s not just him being paranoid because he doesn’t want a repeat of the past.
Prince Harry explained that part of his job was putting on a brave face and turning a cheek, but that hurts when what’s being said is untrue.
“But all we need to do is focus on being real, and focus on being the people that we are, and standing up for what we believe in. I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum,” said Harry.
Harry & Meghan: An African Journey airs Wednesday, October 23rd on ABC.