Meghan Markle's New Documentary Completely Changed My Perception of Her
Now that I'm pregnant, I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for her to, as the British say, "keep calm and carry on" while under a very bright spotlight. It's difficult enough to be pregnant-between the hormones, the morning sickness, the exhaustion and the immense changes-but being picked apart while growing a human is inconceivable to me. I think back to her Oceania tour now and can't even imagine how taxing that travel and robust itinerary must have been. Early in my second trimester, I can barely commit to dinner, let alone a 16-day very public tour. As she says, you're extremely vulnerable while pregnant (and tired) and once your child comes I imagine that feeling is radically exacerbated.
Markle looked to be on the verge of tears as she went on to say, "Especially as a woman it's-really it's a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or just trying to be a newlywed. And also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I'm OK, but it's a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes."
That last line hit me like a truck. I surmise that in regards to her work as a royal and perhaps even her personal life, many have subscribed to the same school of thought I had. When you're so convinced that someone's new life as a duchess is the thing of storybooks, you're not likely to treat that person as a human being with real concerns and fears and troubles.
Being a newlywed is hard, being pregnant is hard and, as I imagine, being a new parent is hard, too. Cram all of that into two years and throw in a slew of Twitter trolls and unkind headlines and of course it's, as she admitted, a "struggle."
In the documentary, she went on to share that the glare of public scrutiny is "hard" and not what she expected. "In all fairness I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand and hear, 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.'"
I'm going to let that sit there for a moment.
Yes, Meghan Markle might be living many women's dream, but there are clearly parts of it that feel more like a nightmare. So, next time I feel a tinge of "her life looks so perfect" popping up, I'm going remember that although she's the Duchess of Sussex, she's still human and deserving of compassion.
My all day morning sickness is rough, but I'd gladly take it over the cruel scrutiny and emotional turmoil of Markle's real-life fairytale. I'll choose my normal life and non-royal (but still very charming) husband any day of the week.
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