Ever since news broke of Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle, tabloids have become increasingly judgmental of The Duchess – eventually leading to Prince Harry taking legal action against certain publications. And now, in a clip for an upcoming documentary following Harry and Meghan’s trip to Africa, the world got a glimpse of the impact online bullying is really having. The Duchess of Sussex opened up about being subjected to endless criticism as part of her royal role – particularly during her pregnancy and following Archie’s birth.
Meghan gets emotional while talking about the challenges she faced trying to deal with the pressure of being both a public figure and a new mother. “Any woman, especially when they're pregnant, you're really vulnerable. So, that was made really challenging.” She continues “So, you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed.” The clip is heart breaking, but the part that really got to fans was when she thanked the interviewer for asking her if she was okay, as “not many people have asked”.
Unfortunately, while the scene moved viewers, it hasn’t stopped tabloids from picking The Duchess apart, and they still continue to judge every move she makes – from outfit choices to parenting methods and everything in between. Coming at a time where society is becoming more focused on mental health, and after The Duchess of Sussex joined Prince Harry and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in a campaign about prioritising mental health, it’s surprising to see that some feel as though those in the spotlight are fair game as they have 'signed up' for a life in the public eye.
Thankfully Meghan’s fans are behind her - #WeLoveYouMeghan was trending on Twitter and she has received an outpouring of support from fans, mothers and celebrities. We'd say Meghan is trying her best to stay strong, though, as an inspirational Maya Angelou quote about female empowerment was just shared to the couples’ official Instagram.
This breaks my heart. We live in such an entitled world these days. Everyone feels they have the right to scrutinize and judge. It’s disgusting. And if you’re one of those people who goes online to talk about women, whom you know nothing about, you need to check yourself. https://t.co/e2fZZvQ5lq— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) October 18, 2019
“Thank you for asking, bc not many people have asked if I’m ok.”
Sudden prominence is a very dehumanizing experience. There’s a part of your life that you lose, & it later dawns on you that you’ll never get it back.
The people who treat you like a human make all the difference. https://t.co/w0XUI4O3bD— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 18, 2019
“i’m here to do good. i’m not a destructive person. i think that every strong woman in history has had to walk down a similar path.”
over 20 years later and sadly not a lot has changed: now people see why harry is so protective over meghan #WeLoveYouMeghan pic.twitter.com/qiXBgFbVcd— meredith (@meghvnmarkle) October 18, 2019
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