As an American, not to mentiona an actress, Meghan Markle was always going to shake up the perception of what a member of the British royal family should do and say.
And during a new ITV documentary, the 38-year-old has revealed that while she initially tried to ignore what the tabloids said about her, she’s now pushing back.
“I've said for a long time to H – that's what I call him – it is not enough to just survive something. That's not the point of life,” she told ITV presenter Tom Bradby.
“You've got to thrive and feel happy. I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried, I really tried. But I think what that does internally is probably really damaging.”
She also spoke about how her British friends warned her against dating Prince Harry as they predicted the media three would try to “destroy” her lift.
“It's hard...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 is great but you should not do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life'. And I very naively [said], 'what the hell are you talking about? That doesn't make any sense, I'm not in tabloids'. I didn't get it. It's been complicated.”
A view shared by Harry who added, “Part of this job, and part of any job, like everybody, is putting on a brave face and turning a cheek to a lot of the stuff, but again, for me and again for my wife, of course there is a lot of stuff that hurts, especially when the majority of it 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.”
Viewers were quick to voice their support for the couple on social media, with thousands taking to Twitter as the show aired to applaud Meghan's honesty and openess about her mental health.
One Twitter user wrote: “I'm no royalist, but the way the media treat #HarryAndMeghan is appalling. I can't imagine how they must be feeling”.
A sentiment echoed by another who shared, “This full chat with Tom and Meghan is so raw. A remarkable, intelligent, compassionate woman who deserves absolutely none of this abuse. Listen to her, how can anyone even try and justify it? #HarryAndMeghan”.