‘Harry & Meghan: An African Journey’: Everything We Learned From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Documentary

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle rarely open up about the things that are going on with them. But, who can really blame them? The British tabloids have been twisting the royals’ words and creating stories that paint them, namely Markle, in a bad light since the two got married.

But in the recent documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got pretty candid about what they had been going through. Here are some of the biggest things that we learned from the interviews.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
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Meghan Markle is not doing okay

In her interview with Tom Bradby, Markle discussed how rough it’s been dealing with the media as a new mom.

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

“Then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot,” she continued. “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 affirmed that that was correct.

Meghan Markle’s friends warned her about marrying Prince Harry

When Markle began getting serious with Prince Harry, some of her friends were wary of the relationship and tried to warn her about how harsh the British tabloids could be.

“In all fairness, I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand and hear,” the Duchess of Sussex said. “But when I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life.'”

Even after hearing their warnings, Markle didn’t understand just how much the tabloids would write about her.

“And I very naively — I’m American. We don’t have that there — [I said], ‘What are you talking about? That doesn’t make any sense. I’m not in any tabloids,'” she continued. “I didn’t get it. So it’s been, yeah, it’s been complicated.”

Prince Harry will protect his family from the media

Prince Harry suffered a tragic loss when his mother, Princess Diana, died in 1997 in a car crash after being chased by the paparazzi. Before she passed away, Diana taught Harry a number lessons.

“My mum clearly taught me a certain set of values of which I will always try and uphold despite the role and the job that sometimes that entails, if you know what I mean,” Harry said. “But I think, I will always protect my family and now I have a family to protect.”

And he won’t let what happened to his mother happen again.

“So everything that she went through and what happened to her is incredibly raw every single day and that’s not me being paranoid that’s just me not wanting a repeat of the past,” he said. “And if anybody else knew what I knew, be it a father, be it a husband, be it anyone, you’d probably be doing exactly what I’m doing as well.”

“But all we need to do is focus on being real and focus on being the people that we are and standing up for what we believe in,” he continued. “I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum.”

Prince Harry and Prince William are on different paths

People have often speculated about whether there has been a rift between Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William. In the interview, Harry admitted that he isn’t as close with his brother as he used to be.

“Inevitably stuff happens,” the Duke of Sussex said. “But we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers. We’re certainly on different paths at the moment. I’ll always be there for him and as I know, he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy but I love him dearly.”