Prince Harry and Meghan Markles (source: Instagram)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markles (source: Instagram)

Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has disclosed that her British friends warned her against marrying Prince Harry as a result of media scrutiny.

Meghan said her friends were concerned about how different the media attention would be as a duchess rather than an actress.

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The duchess made the disclosure while speaking to ITV’s Tom Bradby for the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.

Meghan said: “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.”

The duchess said: “it’s hard. i don’t think anybody could understand that, but in all fairness i had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand ”

“And I very naively — I’m American, we don’t have that there, That doesn’t make any sense. I’m not in tabloids, I didn’t get it. So it’s been complicated.”

Tom Bradby also asked Meghan if she could continue to cope with the pressure and what would happen if she could not.

And she replied: “in all honesty i have said for a long time to H – that is what i call him – it’s not enough to just survive something, that’s not the point of life. you have got to thrive. you have got to feel happy, and i think i really tried to adopt this british sensibility of a stiff upper lip.

“i tried, i really tried, but i think what that does internally is probably really damaging, and the biggest thing that i know is that i never thought this would be easy but i thought it would be fair, and that is the part that is hard to reconcile but (i) just take each day as it comes.”

Bradby pointed out that her position of privilege, wealth and fame comes with scrutiny and Meghan responded: “When people are saying things that are just untrue, and they are being told they are untrue but they are allowed to still say them, I don’t know anybody in the world who would feel that’s OK and that is different from just scrutiny.

“I think the grass is always greener. You have no idea. It is really hard to understand what it’s like. The good thing is that I have got my baby and I have got my husband and they are the best.” she added.

The former Hollywood actress and Harry officially become husband and wife on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

The British royalty gathered over 2000 guests at Windsor Castle to witness this historic event which binds America and Britain in marriage.

The royal couple welcomed a baby earlier this year.