The Heartbreaking Question Meghan Markle Sadly Admits She Wishes People Would Ask Her

Ever since her breakout role in Suits, Meghan Markle has been in the public eye. This probably helped prep her for the attention she would gain when she married Prince Harry, but being an actress isn’t quite the same as being a duchess whose every move is watched and criticized.

After she announced her pregnancy, the attention on Duchess Meghan has only skyrocketed and it’s not all positive. Things haven’t gotten much easier since the birth of her son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, and some think the Duchess of Sussex may be cracking under the pressure.

According to People, some tabloids have posted private information about Markle and her father. With all the pressure of being a duchess, a mother, a wife, and a woman who can’t find any privacy, Markle says she wishes someone would just stop and ask her this one question.

Meghan Markle’s duties as Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle attends the WellChild awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England.
Meghan Markle | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Most fairy tales end with the prince and his new princess riding off into the sunset. The stories rarely, if ever, address the fact that life goes on and the princess still has duties to perform, many of which are probably more demanding than anything she has done before. 

Time Magazine reports that Markle was given four new duties by the queen in January. “The Duchess of Sussex will assume two royal patronages long held by Queen Elizabeth II herself,” reports Time. “The first is the royal patron of the National Theatre, and the second is the royal patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.” 

Both of these duties were well suited for Markle, who was involved in charity work long before she met Prince Harry. Harper’s Bazaar reports: “Markle’s advocacy on behalf of women began when she was just 11 years old. Upon seeing a sexist advertisement on TV, Markle wrote letters to Hillary Clinton, Linda Ellerbee, Gloria Allred, and the company responsible for the ad. Markle received replies from all three women, and the soap company changed the wording in the commercial.”

Duchess Meghan’s other duties now include being the royal patron for Mayhew, an animal welfare charity that works to improve the life’s of cats, dogs, and even humans. The other organization Markle is responsible for is Smart Works: This charity helps unemployed women regain their confidence and return to work. 

While these charities are absolutely perfect for Markle, each one takes time to run, and she’s now responsible for four.

Meghan Markle’s duties as a mother

When Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry went on their Africa tour, Archie wasn’t left at home with nannies. They took him along, and while their Instagram page isn’t overflowing with pictures of Archie, it’s only natural that they want to shield him from some of the press attention that is plaguing Markle. No doubt there is a private photo album out there absolutely bursting with pictures of Archie.

In the meantime, Markle did make one rare appearance with Archie to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town. Markle shared a dance with Archie which doubtless melted the hearts of many of her critics. 

Markle admitted that having a baby has really changed things for her. For example, Romper reports that much of the Africa tour revolved around Archie’s feeding schedule. The duchess even had to cut an interview short with reporters so that she could go and feed him. 

Meghan Markle is trying to find a balance

Marie Claire reports that Markle spoke about how her personal goals are not over just because she is a mother and a Duchess to a group in Cape Town while on her Africa tour. She wants to be a role model for her son and part of that means keeping her individuality. 

As for the question Markle wishes people would ask, the duchess recently revealed it in an interview with ITV anchor Tom Bradby. The journalist talked to the duchess about pregnancy, being a new mom and the pressures that come with living a royal life. In the process, Bradby asked how Markle is doing.

“Thank you for asking,” the duchess said. “Not many people have asked if I’m OK.”

In response, Bradby asked: “Would it be fair to say it’s not really been OK? It’s really been a struggle?”

Markle replied confidently: “Yes.”