What the Meghan Markle #WeLoveYouMeghan Hashtag Is All About

Meghan Markle is usually all smiles and poise in the public eye. But she and Prince Harry have recently been more than open about the toll that public scrutiny has taken on them both individually and as a couple.

In a recent statement, the Duchess of Sussex spoke up about treatment of her in the press, especially tabloids. In response, fans and mental health advocates have reached out to speak out for moms and Meghan Markle herself with a trending Twitter hashtag.

Read on to learn more about Markle’s vulnerable statements and how some journalists and supporters are expressing their love for the Duchess.

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Prince Harry has spoken in support of his wife against media backlash

Thus far, Prince Harry has largely shouldered the burden of speaking up for his wife and new mother to little Archie, 38-year-old Markle, to the press. In fact, the couple has announced they will be taking legal action because of an alleged leak of Markle’s private letters to her estranged father.

The Duke of Sussex even penned an emotional response to the press, describing Markle’s heartbreak at her poor treatment by the media over the past months and invasions of her privacy. He drew parallels between Markle’s treatment and how the press treated his mother, Princess Diana.

Meghan Markle spoke up for moms in a recent interview

On Friday, though, in a “Good Morning America” clip of the upcoming documentary “Harry and Meghan: An African Journey,” the Duchess of Sussex got vulnerable about her emotions during her pregnancy amid invasive questions and criticism.

Looking like she might cry, Markle said in response to a question about how she was doing, “Look, any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, is really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging. And when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot.”

She added to British ITV news anchor Tom Bradby, “And thank you for asking, because not many people have asked me if I’m okay.”

The #WeLoveYouMeghan hashtag is meant to empower and comfort

Markle’s statements raised many poignant points about public scrutiny of celebrities and royals in general, as well as moms everywhere who feel that they aren’t often asked how they’re doing when they become parents.

In response, the hashtag #WeLoveYouMeghan started trending on Oct. 18. Notable public figures, journalists, moms and fans of the Duchess of Sussex offered their support and love.

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has come to an end, but The Duke and Duchess have had the opportunity to look back on an incredible 10 days through South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Malawi. Thank you for following along! Their Royal Highness’s journey took them 15,000 miles across southern Africa where they we’re greeted by so many amazing people along the way. They witnessed the great partnership between the UK and Africa, met local community groups, leaders, and youth and elders, who all imparted knowledge and inspiration. On their final day of the tour, The Duchess said: “Please know that you have all given us so much inspiration, so much hope – and above all, you have given us joy.” • During their tour, The Duke and Duchess unveiled three new Queens Commonwealth Canopy projects, protecting forests and planting trees, and worked with the British Government to announce investment of £8m in technology and skills in the region. The Duke traveled to Angola to focus on the ongoing mission to rid the world of landmines, an extension of the work that was pioneered by his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The Duchess announced gender grants from the Association of Commonwealth Universities to improve access to higher education for women, as well as four scholarships for students studying across the commonwealth. Throughout this trip they were able to join an important and essential conversation about the rights of women and girls – not isolated to Southern Africa, but also globally. Throughout this visit, The Duke and Duchess were struck by the spirit and generosity from every community they visited. Speaking to young entrepreneurs in Tembisa, a township in Johannesburg, The Duke said: “As I raise my own son, I want to make sure that what I’ve learned here – the value of the natural world, the value of community and friendship – is something that I can pass on to him.” • Thank you to everyone who supported from afar, and those who have followed along the way! We hope you enjoy this wrap up video to the tune of a wonderful song by The Soweto Gospel Choir, a favourite of The Duke and Duchess. Video ©️ SussexRoyal

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Journalists and advocates are offering an outpouring of support

Although the Duchess of Sussex has faced untold additional pressure because of her royal status, some of the most popular #WeLoveYouMeghan messages note just how common Markle’s sentiments are among mothers, especially black women and well-known public figures.

British writer Greg Hogben, author of My Daughter’s Army, wrote “An[y] chance we can get #WeLoveYouMeghan trending to show our support?” in response to the clip. It was trending in less than an hour.

Kate Jarman, Director of Corporate Affairs at the Milton Keynes University Hospital, wrote:

“Thank you Meghan Markle, for every new mum, for every woman who is expected to always be ok.. For every woman who has has answered ‘fine’ when asked how they are. For every woman who hasn’t been fine and who hasn’t felt they could tell anyone. Thank you.”

Meanwhile, blogger Alexis Henry of the Caffeinated Living blog wrote:

“As a fellow human, As a fellow woman, As a fellow mother, As a fellow Black woman, As a fellow Black Northwestern grad, watching this made me want to square all the way up! Meghan, some of us out here are so angry for you, we see you, love you and care.”

Other public figures, such as Katie Couric and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also spoke out against the racism, sexism, and general harsh criticism the Duchess has faced in the past year.