Fans Rally Around Meghan Markle After She Reveals She’s ‘Not OK’

If you’ve been even vaguely paying attention to royal news, then you have probably seen that Meghan Markle has been bashed in the media for months. Some outlets say that she’s rude and the people who work in the palace find her hard to work with. Others paint her out to be a cold, calculating money-hungry starlet who jumped on the opportunity to marry a royal. In all of these stories, the Duchess becomes more of a character than an actual person.

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After months of suffering from the public scrutiny quietly, Markle has finally revealed that she is really struggling.

Public harassment of Meghan Markle

Markle can’t seem to do anything right in the eyes of the public. When she wore jeans to Wimbledon, people said that she was classless. When she hugged Beyonce at the European premiere of The Lion King, people said that she broke royal protocol.

But recently, Prince Harry has revealed that he has had enough of the public crucifying of his wife. In a statement, he announced that he and Markle were suing the parent company of Mail on Sunday, which has been the source of many of these salacious stories.

“Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son,” he wrote. 

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Continuing her visit in Johannesburg today, The Duchess of Sussex has visited the charity @actionaid_sa to speak to people working tirelessly to protect young girls in South Africa. The Duchess wanted to use her time here to help her better understand the issue of gender-based violence, and learn more about what was being done to tackle this crisis. @actionaid_sa work with a number of projects specifically helping young women, including the Teddy Bear Clinic, which provides essential support to children and families affected by domestic and sexual abuse, and @sonkegenderjustice, a not-for-profit working across Africa. The Duchess discussed the importance of trying to break a generational cycle and empower young girls, as well as working with boys and young men to raise their awareness so they can be a part of the solution rather than the problem. After the meeting today, The Duchess travelled privately to meet a number of young girls who are being supported by Action Aid and the Teddy Bear Clinic. These girls have come out of situations of abuse and degradation and have found their sense of self, purpose, and confidence in the spirit of sisterhood and community in The Girls Club. The Duchess described them as role models for all. For the privacy and protection of these young women, no photos of this visit will be shared. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ SussexRoyal / Getty / PA images

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He was sure to point out that there are real consequences to attacking someone day after day.

“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.” he continued. “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.”

Markle reveals she’s not okay

Markle has been pretty quiet when it comes to defending herself, but in a recent clip from a preview of the upcoming ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, the Duchess spoke about how much pain all of the criticism has caused her.

“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging,” she said, looking tearful.

“Then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot,” she told reporter Tom Bradby. “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 okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

When Bradby asked if it was fair to say that she was not doing okay, the duchess said, “yes.”

Fans rally around Markle

Since the clip has surfaced, people have been taking to the internet to express their support for Markle.

“I was never one to comment or post on the royals or pay much attention unless there was something big going on, but the treatment of #MeghanMarkle has made me into one of her defenders,” one person tweeted. “It’s heartbreaking!”

The Duchess got so much support that the hashtag #WeLoveYouMeghan started trending.

“Listen to this lovely young woman,” another person wrote. “Your daughter, your sister, your friend, dealing with this cruelty. It must stop.#WeLoveYouMeghan

“Dear Meghan, you have so many people who love you and support you,” another fan tweeted. “We see you, we see how strong you are. You are human, and you are doing great. #WeLoveYouMeghan..”