Prince Harry “sees the pain” his wife Meghan Markle is in right now, and he wants to do something about it. That’s the word from a source close to the royal family, says People — which isn’t altogether too surprising given the heartbreaking comments Meghan made during the new documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which aired in the U.K. on Sunday and will air on Wednesday in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Speaking to ITV anchor Tom Bradby in the documentary, Meghan got vulnerable about her struggles. “Especially as a woman, it’s really — it’s a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom and trying to be a newlywed,” when asked by Bradby about the relentless pressure from British tabloids. “And also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m OK. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
Meghan also admitted that her friends warned her that the British media would ruin her life if she married Harry and that, while she never thought being a royal would be easy, she naively thought her treatment by the press would be “fair”.
Per People, Harry is acutely aware of the difficulties Meghan is facing. “He sees the pain of his wife and the attacks she faces, and he wants to try to sort it out,” the insider said.
"Not many people have asked if I’m ok … it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes."
— ITV News (@itvnews) October 18, 2019
Harry has already taken some measures he hopes will help, including taking legal action against the British tabloids. The crushing attention from the press is already a sensitive topic for Harry, who largely blames the 1997 death of his late mother, Princess Diana, on the relentless and often unscrupulous tactics of the tabloids.
“There is an element of [the press] being ingrained as the enemy. He is trying to protect them all. He is doing what he can,” a friend of Princess Diana’s reportedly said.
In the ITV documentary, Harry directly addresses the danger he feels the British press poses to his family, saying, “I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum.” He went on to add, “I think being part of this family — in this role, in this job — every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back.”
And considering the parallels between the press treatment of Diana and Meghan, it’s little wonder Harry calls it “a wound that festers.”