Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Basically Just Said They Hate Their Royal Lives Right Now

For most people, living as a member of the royal family seems like a dream come true. There are fancy parties, beautiful houses, international prestige, and more money than most people have ever dreamed of. But to hear Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tell it, living as a British royal is more like a nightmare.

The topic came up again after a TV documentary about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s recent trip to Africa aired on Sunday. Harry & Meghan: An African Journey premiered to British TV over the weekend and will drop in America on Wednesday. The film revealed more about the couple’s royal visit but more importantly, it explained just how they’re feeling about everything.

Why are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle so distraught? It’s complicated.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex aren’t afraid to share their feelings

As Meghan Markle explained in the documentary, she’s already tried and failed to live with a “stiff upper lip” that’s so common in British culture.

Prince Harry’s friend, documentary filmmaker Tom Bradby, asked Meghan if she was doing OK and she had an emotional response. “Thank you for asking,” Markle said. “Not many people have asked if I’m OK, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

She continued: “I’ve said for a long time to H—that’s what I call him [Harry]—it’s not enough to just survive something. That’s not the point of life. You’ve got to thrive, you’ve got to feel happy. I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried. I tried. But I think what that does internally is probably really damaging,” Meghan Markle explained during the interview.

Meghan Markle is sad, but Prince Harry is mostly angry

The interview made Meghan Markle, who just gave birth to son Archie in May, seem distraught, lost, and lonely. But Prince Harry seems to be feeling mostly anger and resentment in addition to sadness.

When talking about his late mother Princess Diana, Prince Harry said instead of being at peace about his mother’s death, the whole event was a “wound that festers.”

“I think being part of this family, and this role, and 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,” Prince Harry said.

“In that respect… it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appear to hate their lives

Though it’s hard to imagine being so miserable in a life with so much luxury, it’s apparent that’s exactly what’s happening with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle right now. When Bradby brought up the money, Markle became defensive.

“I think the grass is always greener. You have no idea. It’s really hard to understand what it’s like. I know what it seems like it should be, but it’s a very different thing,” she said.

Clearly this royal couple is suffering and are refusing to put up with the treatment any longer.