Former Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were as open and sincere as ever in an appearance on the podcast “Therapy for teenagers”On the occasion of World Mental Health Day on Saturday.
Midway through the podcast, one of the hosts asked the Duchess of Sussex, “How are you?” The question goes back to an emotional and pivotal moment for Meghan in October 2019, when ITV journalist Tom Bradby asked almost the same question, and his honest answer got a global reaction.
“Not many people have asked me if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to happen behind the scenes,” the Duchess said at the time.
“Any woman, especially when pregnant, is really vulnerable, and that became a real challenge. And then when you have a newborn, you know it. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot, ”she said, adding that she was also a newlywed.
Towards the end of the clip, Bradby asked if it would be fair to say that Meghan “isn’t really okay? As in, has it really been a struggle? “
“Yes,” Meghan said, looking tearful.
The response sparked sympathy and outrage at the Duchess of Sussex’s treatment and dominated social media and headlines Worldwide.
In her podcast appearance on Saturday, the Duchess gave some background on how she was feeling on tour and on that particular day.
“Isn’t that so funny? It was about a year ago that someone asked me that. We were on tour in South Africa, and on the last day of the tour, I was tired. He was about to give Archie a bath. I was exhausted. “
Harry chimed in to add that Meghan was also breastfeeding Archie at the time, which the Duchess said was “like running a marathon” for those who don’t understand how exhausting it is.
“Between each official engagement, I was running to make sure our son was fed,” added the former “Suits” actor, saying “it was a lot.”
“But in the end [of filming for a documentary], the journalist asked me if I was okay. And I didn’t realize that my answer would get so much interest around the world, ”Meghan said.
I didn’t think of that answer. I just answered honestly, ”Meghan said. “Because I was in a vulnerable moment, because I was tired, because there was no presentation. This is just where I am, I am a mother with a 4 and a half month old baby and we are tired. “
Meghan added: “But I think it speaks to the fact that the reason it resonated with people is because everyone wants to be asked if they are okay.”
Now, “a year later, I would say yes, I’m fine,” replied the duchess.
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After the royal tour of South Africa in October 2019, Harry and Meghan took a six-week sabbatical in North America. Upon their return to the UK, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they would cease to be active members of the royal family on 8 January.
After they closed their last round of royal duties in March, the couple moved to Los Angeles and then settled in Montecito, California, near Santa Barbara, where they continue to make both virtual and in-person engagements during the coronavirus pandemic.