Motherhood is one of the most rewarding experiences that a woman can go through. It can also be one of the most difficult experiences a mother can go through as well. There are even some afflictions that can come with motherhood, such as postpartum depression that can cause serious mental health issues following pregnancy.
As a society, we have a natural inclination to be protective of expecting or new mothers and send them our best wishes. That's not always the case though. There is something about famous, rich mothers that makes us show our harshest qualities, like not being supportive or wishing ill on the person.
There is one new mother who is probably one of the most famous mothers of recent time. I am talking about Meghan Markle, the mother to royalty and the Dutchess of Essex. She is married to Prince Harry, the son of Princess Diana. She recently opened up about how hard her pregnancy has been.
Being a mom in the spotlight is not an easy task, but one person has had it especially hard. That person is the Duchess of Essex, Meghan Markle. She recently spoke up about how difficult the pressure of being a new mom has been, especially in the royal spotlight. A new documentary is premiering on ITV called Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. The couple recently went on tour to South Africa, so the documentary shines a light on their trip, giving fans behind-the-scenes access.
Meghan Markle is a former actress, so she is used to the spotlight to some degree. She spoke with Tom Bradby, a British journalist. She talked about how she had negative press and attention after her first born, Archie, in May. "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, you know. ... and especially as a woman, it's a lot."
In the interview, Meghan Markle visibly holds back tears. She continues, saying, "So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. It's um... yeah. I guess, 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."
Prince Harry has been vocal about his disdain for the treatment of his wife. He even spoke out against the British tabloid media. He even threatened legal action again the tabloids for their "ruthless campaign." His statement said: "There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face - as so many of you can relate to - I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been. Because in today's digital age, press fabrications are repurposed as truth across the globe. One day's coverage is no longer tomorrow's chip-paper."
His response continued, saying, "Up to now, we have been unable to correct the continual misrepresentations - something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis."
Prince Harry has a negative history with the press. He, along with many others, believes that the press was responsible for his mother's death. His mother tragically died in a car crash while paparazzi followed her. This is something he touched on in his statement. "Because my deepest fear is history repeating itself. I've seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces." It seems that the couple is fighting back against the story-hungry media.