Meghan Markle Says British Friend Warned Her Not to Marry Prince Harry Because of Intense Scrutiny from the Press

Meghan Markle got candid about life as a Royal, revealing that her friends warned her not to marry Prince Harry because of British tabloids, amid other things.

In the ITV documentary, "Harry and Meghan: An Africa Journey," Meghan Markle got candid about the struggles of being a Royal, and the advice she got from her friends before she married Prince Harry. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (not pictured) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Tembisa township to learn about Youth Employment Services (YES) | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (not pictured) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Tembisa township to learn about Youth Employment Services (YES) | Photo: Getty Images

MARKLE GOT WARNED AGAINST THE BRITISH TABLOIDS

In a clip shared by the British television network on Twitter, the Duchess of Sussex said that the past year was challenging, and she had no idea how hard things would get.

The biggest thing that I know is that I never thought this would be easy

Markle added that her friends were happy for her when she started dating and got engaged to Prince Harry, but a British friend said to her,

"I'm sure he is great, but you shouldn't do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life."

The former actress described herself as naïve for not believing that the press could be cruel. She said it didn't make sense,

"And I didn't get it. So it's um yeah, it's been complicated." 

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FAIR IF NOT EASY

Later in the interview conducted by Tom Bradby, the Duchess noted,

"The biggest thing that I know is that I never thought this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair, and that's the part that is really hard to reconcile. But I don't know, [I] just take each day as it comes."

 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Tembisa township to learn about Youth Employment Services (YES) | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Tembisa township to learn about Youth Employment Services (YES) | Photo: Getty Images

I have been a silent witness to [my wife's] private suffering for too long 

Markle equally opened up about the difficulties of being pregnant and becoming a new mom in the public eye. She told Bradby,

"… Not many people have asked if I'm okay."

Despite the struggles, the Duchess keeps smiling, and thankfully she has Prince Harry to support her. At the end of their Africa tour, the focus of the documentary, the couple filed a suit against some British news outlets accusing them of intruding into the new mom's privacy and for cyberbullying.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex tend to their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex tend to their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa | Photo: Getty Images

MARKLE HAD SUFFERED SILENTLY FOR SO LONG

A press statement released at the time had these words from the Duke of Sussex,

"I have been a silent witness to [my wife's] private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in."

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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual #WellChildAwards in London. WellChild aims to ensure every child and young person living with serious health needs has the best chance to thrive with the support and medical care needed in the comfort of their own home. The Duke of Sussex became Patron of WellChild in 2007, and last year both The Duke and Duchess attended the awards to honour the children and families that WellChild supports. The Duke, who first came to these awards over a decade ago, shared in his remarks tonight: “Last year when my wife and I attended we knew we were expecting our first child - no one else did at the time, but we did - and I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tightly during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time.  And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heart strings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.” • To find out more about tonight’s event and how you can support this very special organisation, please visit @WellChild Photos ©️ PA images

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The dad-of-one added that it's better to stand up and fight bullies, else it destroys lives. Prince Harry equally defended Markle in November 2016, a month after they went public with their relationship. 

At the time, he spoke against the "Harassment, and character assassination," of the former actress. While the story has not changed since then, the Royals will continue fighting for their happiness and stop the bullying.

"Harry and Meghan: An Africa Journey," airs on Wednesday, October 23rd, on ABC by 10 p.m. ET.

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