Meghan Markle Explains Why She Said She Was "Not Okay" While Breastfeeding Archie on Royal Tour
From Marie Claire
One of the most explosive moments of Meghan Markle's tenure as the working king came in an interview she gave during her royal tour of Africa.
In the interview, ITV journalist Tom Bradby asked her how she was doing, and Meghan openly replied that she was "not okay".
During a new interview for the teenage therapy podcast, Meghan explained the comment, explaining that she was exhausted juggling official engagements and breastfeeding her then four-month-old son Archie Harrison.
Meghan Markle talks about why she didn't feel good during her royal tour of Africa with Prince Harry and their then four-month-old son Archie Harrison in 2019.
The Duchess of Sussex recently sat down for a joint interview with her husband, Prince Harry, for the youth therapy podcast. The Sussexes appeared on the podcast hosted by five high school seniors in Anaheim, California to promote World Mental Health Day. In line with the theme of the interview, Meghan shared how her tumultuous time in the royal family affected her mental health.
At one particularly sincere moment, Meghan addressed a bombshell comment she made during an interview with then-ITV journalist Tom Bradby. During the interview that took place while she and Harry were in South Africa on their royal tour, Bradby asked Meghan how she was doing, and the Duchess shocked royal fans by honestly responding that she was not okay.
"I was tired," Meghan said of the interview. "I was just about to give Archie a bath. I was exhausted."
At this point, Harry stepped in to add context to the moment.
"She was still breastfeeding at this point," he added, prompting Meghan to explain that she ran back to Archie between each official breastfeeding engagement during the tour.
"I haven't thought about that answer. I just answered honestly," Meghan explained on the podcast. "I was in a moment of vulnerability because I was tired because there was no presentation. It was just like, here I am: I'm a mom with a four and a half month old baby and we're tired of it. But I think that The reason it caught on with people is because everyone wants to be asked if they're okay. "
Here's the good news: Meghan's answer to that question has definitely changed for the better in the time since her and Harry's royal exit.
"A year later, I would say yes, I'm fine," she said.
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