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Meghan Markle Admits Friends Warned Her Off Marrying Prince Harry In New Royal Doco

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has revealed she was naive about what to expect from marrying into the royal family despite warnings from friends.

The Duchess of Sussex has confessed her friends warned her against marrying Prince Harry because the tabloids "would destroy your life".

Speaking to news journalist Tom Bradby in the new documentary Harry and Meghan An African Journey, the Duchess admitted she was naive in underestimating the power of the British press.

" ...  I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair. And that's the part that's really hard to reconcile," Meghan told Tom Bradby.

"But when people are saying things that are just untrue, and they've been told they're untrue, but they're allowed to still say them, I don't know anybody in the world that would feel like that's okay. And that's different than just scrutiny."

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Meghan and Harry during their tour in South Africa. Image: Supplied.

She fought back tears as she explained how difficult it's been to manage media backlash while trying to succeed in her new roles as Duchess, wife and mother.

"So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mum, or trying to be a newly-wed, yeah well I guess. And also thank you for asking, 'cause not many people have asked if I'm okay. But it's a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes."

The documentary offers an intimate insight into the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they travelled around South Africa in September.

As she visited communities impacted by poverty and domestic violence, Meghan revealed some of her own struggles to journalist Tom Bradby, who travelled with the royal pair during their 10-day tour. 

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Meghan admitted she was naive about the British tabloids. Image: Supplied.

Prince Harry has publically defended his wife against the press. In the documentary, he too reflects on tabloids publishing information that's incorrect or misleading.

"I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my Mum," Harry told Tom Bradby.

"But again for me and for my wife, you know, 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."

Meghan said the media scrutiny has been difficult for her and Harry. Image: Getty Images.

In October, Harry said he refused to let Meghan fall victim to the same scrutiny his mother endured while she was alive. He announced Meghan would be suing the Mail on Sunday for publishing a private letter she sent to her father.

" ... I think I will always protect my family, and now I have a family to protect. So everything that she went through, and what happened to her, is incredibly raw every single day. And that's not me being paranoid, that's just me not wanting a repeat of the past," Harry said in the film.

During the trip to Africa, Harry retraced the steps of this mother and her work with The Halo Trust. Princess Diana visited Angola just three months before she was tragically killed in a car accident in August 1997.

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Meghan, Harry and Archie during the tour in South Africa. Image: Supplied.

While Harry said it was an honour to continue his mother's work, he said it's also a painful reminder of her death.

"Being here now 22 years later, trying to finish what she started, yeah will be incredibly emotional. But everything that I do reminds me of her," Harry told Bradby.

"I think probably 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. So in that respect, it's the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best."

In the documentary, Harry also addressed the widely reported rumours of a rift between him and his brother William, admitting the pair are on different paths for the time being.

Princess Diana tours a minefield dressed in a flak jacket and face shield in Huambo, central Angola. Photo: John Stillwell via AAP

"You know, we don't see each other as much as we used to, because we're so busy. But you know, I love him dearly and you know, the majority of stuff is created out of nothing," Harry said.

"But you know, just as I said, as brothers you know, you have good days you have bad days."

While Harry and Meghan have expressed interest in relocating to Africa, the pair admitted it would be difficult to find a place to live where they could be truly connected to local communities.

Instead, the pair revealed they would focus their life's work on Africa, looking at human rights, education and conservation.

Harry confirmed he and Meghan will focus their life work in Africa. Image: Supplied.

"So look, the rest of our lives, especially our life's work will be predominantly focused on Africa, on conservation. You know, there are 19 commonwealth countries or something across this continent," Harry said.

"So there's a lot of things to be done, there's a lot of problems here, but there's also huge potential for solutions."

Watch 'Harry And Meghan: An African Journey' on 10 play, and tune in Tuesday 22 October at 7:30pm on 10 and WIN Network.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au