Parenthood, however, has not been without its ups and downs. In October 2019, when a journalist checked in with them during their trip to Africa with their then-6-month-old son, “happy” wasn’t the word anyone would use to describe the couple.
When Tom Bradby, who Harry had known for years and trusted with what turned into an unprecedentedly raw interview for ITV, wondered what sort of effect that the pressure she felt amid the relentless media scrutiny of every move she made was having on her physical and mental health, Meghan replied, “I would say—look, 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,” she sighed out a laugh, “you know.”
“And especially as a woman it’s really, it’s a lot,” Meghan continued, “so you add this just on top of trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed, it’s just…yeah, well, I guess—and also thank you for asking, ’cause not many people have asked if I’m OK. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
Asked if it would be fair to say she’d been struggling, she replied, “Yes.”