Here are the seven most tantalizing nuggets from "Harry and Meghan: An African Journey."
"Harry and Meghan: An African Journey" premiered Wednesday in the United States, and the personal revelations about the couple were unexpected and unprecedented.
ITV reporter Tom Bradby was surprisingly informal and penetrating in his interviews with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and what he found was "just a couple that just seemed a bit bruised and vulnerable...that was the story I found, and it seemed the right journalistic thing to do -- to try and tell that story as empathetically as I could."
Below are the seven most tantalizing nuggets from "Harry and Meghan: An African Journey."
Meghan Believes Keeping a 'Stiff Upper Lip' Can Be 'Damaging'
"I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a 'stiff upper lip.' I really tried, but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging," the Duchess of Sussex told Bradby about how she handles tabloid rumors and lack of privacy.
While Meghan said she'd understand the scrutiny if it was warranted, she doesn't necessarily feel that's been the case with her and her family. "I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair," she said. "And that's the part that's really hard to reconcile."
Some of Her Friends Urged Her Not to Marry Harry
The royal also admitted she "naively" brushed off multiple warnings that U.K. tabloids could and would "destroy" her life.
"It's hard. I don't think anybody can understand that, but in all fairness, I had no idea," she said of the media's relentlessness. "Which probably sounds difficult to understand here, 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.' And I very naively -- I'm an American, we don't have that there -- said, 'What are you talking about? That doesn't make any sense! I'm not in tabloids!'" Markle added. "I didn't get it. So it's been...yeah, it's been complicated."
Harry Fears What Happened to His Mom Could Happen to His Wife
For the most part, the Duke of Sussex agrees with his wife when it comes to how they deal with public scrutiny, but Harry's desire to be as "real" as possible stems from anger over what happened to his mother, Princess Diana.
"Look, part of this job and part of any job, like everybody, means putting on a brave face and turning a cheek to a lot of the stuff," he explained. "But again, for me and for my wife, of course, there's a lot of stuff that hurts -- especially when the majority of it is untrue."
"But all we need to do is focus on being real, focus on being the people we are and standing up for what we believe in," he added. "I will not be bullied into carrying a game that killed my mum."
He's Reminded of Princess Diana's Death Daily
Harry described the 1997 death of his mom as a "wound that festers."
"I think being part of this family -- in this role, in 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," he explained. "In that respect, it's the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best."
"Being here now 22 years later trying to finish what she started will be incredibly emotional. But everything that I do reminds me of her," he continued. "But as I said -- with the role, with the job and sort of the pressures that come with that -- I get reminded of the bad stuff."
Harry Dismisses Major Feud with Brother Prince William
Rumor has it that Prince William and Prince Harry have been at odds since Harry married Meghan.
For his part, Bradby said he felt the brothers' apparent rift stemmed from the fact that Harry is "trying something new" by "appealing to a new demographic," whereas William doesn't have that luxury. He "has to play things in a more traditional way."
In speaking about the pressures of their responsibilities as royals, Harry told Bradby, "Inevitably, stuff happens, 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."
He added, "The majority of stuff is created out of nothing. As brothers, we have good days, and we have bad days."
No, Meghan Is Not Okay
It's the moment that went viral, the moment the expected-to-be-emotionless Duchess of Sussex admitted she was struggling.
"Any woman, especially when they're pregnant, you're really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it's a lot," she said, seemingly fighting back tears. "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."
Bradby asked if it "would be fair" to say she's "not really okay, as in, it's really been a struggle?" Markle replied, "Yes."
She Still Battles Racism
Meghan made the decision to speak publicly about what it's like to be a biracial woman while on the couple's tour, telling Bradby she hopes people will one day come to focus solely on the love she and Harry have for each other.
"I would hope that people, the world, will get to the point where they just see us as a couple who's in love because I don't wake up every day and identify as being anything other than who I've always been," she explained. "It's just, I'm Meghan, and I've married this incredible man. And this, to me, is just part of our love story."
While in Cape Town's Nyanga township, Markle spoke candidly about her heritage to a crowd of young women. She said, "On one personal note, may I just say that while I am here with my husband as a member of the royal family, I want you to know that, for me, I am here as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of color and as your sister. I am here with you, and I am here for you."
The Duchess told Bradby, "For me, when I made the choice to add those words into the speech, it was really at the last minute, and I said to Harry, 'What do you think if I add this in? I don't know. It just felt right.' And he very kindly and supportively said, 'If that's what feels right then that's what you should say.'"
"Because it's true," she continued. "Before I was part of this family, that's how I identified, with people and connection, as a mother now, as a wife now, but just as a woman of color, which has been brought to the forefront in a more prominent way."
By the way, Meghan loving calls her husband "H."
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