Meghan Markle opens up about her ‘hopes, fears and insecurities’

Meghan Markle has said humans are not ‘mechanical objects that need to be fixed’ as she opened up about her ‘hopes, fears and insecurities’ during an intimate chat at a bakery for disadvantaged women. 

The Duchess of Sussex lamented the ‘culture of instant gratification’ in today’s society where people expect an ‘instant fix’, and said humans should instead be seen as ‘wounded creatures that need to be healed’. 

The 38-year-old was visiting Luminary Bakery, the London-based project to help disadvantaged women which she featured in guest-edited issue of British Vogue.

The Duchess of Sussex with Prince Harry in South Africa

The Duchess of Sussex with Prince Harry in South Africa

Meghan at a gender equality discussion at Windsor Castle

Meghan at a gender equality discussion at Windsor Castle

The Duchess of Sussex (seen left, with Prince Harry in South Africa; and right, at a gender equality discussion at Windsor Castle) lamented the ‘culture of instant gratification’ in today’s society where people expect an ‘instant fix’

The 38-year-old was visiting Luminary Bakery, the London-based project to help disadvantaged women which she featured in guest-edited issue of British Vogue. Pictured are cakes from the bakery that the Sussexes shared on Instagram

The 38-year-old was visiting Luminary Bakery, the London-based project to help disadvantaged women which she featured in guest-edited issue of British Vogue. Pictured are cakes from the bakery that the Sussexes shared on Instagram

The 38-year-old was visiting Luminary Bakery, the London-based project to help disadvantaged women which she featured in guest-edited issue of British Vogue. Pictured are cakes from the bakery that the Sussexes shared on Instagram 

Speaking to Tanya, a woman who was stabbed repeatedly by her violent ex-partner, she said: ‘I was talking about this with someone the other day. We get into this habit of wanting things done immediately nowadays. 

‘There’s a culture of instant gratification, of the instant fix. But we aren’t mechanical objects that need to be fixed. You’re a wounded creature that needs to be healed, and that takes time.’

Meghan, who married Prince Harry in 2018 and gave birth to their baby son, Archie, in May, told the Daily Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon: ‘I find that when you strip all the layers away, as people, and especially as women, we can find deep connection with each other, and a shared understanding. 

‘Our lives may be different, our backgrounds, our experiences, all varied, but I find that in these moments of connection it becomes abundantly clear that our hopes, our fears, our insecurities, the things that make us tick…. well, those are very much the same. And there’s comfort in that.’ 

The royal also said since she has moved to the UK ‘people have an expectation when I’m coming somewhere’ but she wanted them to be ‘nice and chilled’. 

The Luminary Bakery in east London, which provides a place for disadvantaged women to meet and socialise

The Luminary Bakery in east London, which provides a place for disadvantaged women to meet and socialise

The Luminary Bakery in east London, which provides a place for disadvantaged women to meet and socialise 

Meghan also revealed she would be watching the rugby World Cup final with Archie in his England baby grow, while her husband cheers on the national side in the stands.

It came as Labour MP Holly Lynch revealed how she discussed the public eye being ‘a lonely place for women’ during a phone call with Meghan this week.

Meghan personally phoned Ms Lynch, MP for Halifax in West Yorkshire, to thank her for writing an open letter that 72 female politicians signed to support her over negative Press coverage of the Duchess.

The MP admitted she was ‘touched’ to hear from her, and told how Meghan, 38, was remaining positive and channeling the negative energy into turning attitudes around.

Politicians including Diane Abbott and Jess Phillips wrote to the Duchess of Sussex, saying they ‘stand with’ her and relate to her experience.

Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, the MP said: ‘I was moved to hear from her.

‘She wanted to say that she appreciated the gesture and to pass on her thanks to all the women who have signed.

‘We spoke about how being a women in the public eye it can sometimes feel like a lonely place to be but there’s actually a lot of us that feel feel this way way and when we work together we can be a real force for good, bringing about the changes that we want to see.’ 

It came as Labour MP Holly Lynch revealed how she and Meghan discussed how being in the public eye could be lonely for women. The royal is seen during this month's ITV documentary

It came as Labour MP Holly Lynch revealed how she and Meghan discussed how being in the public eye could be lonely for women. The royal is seen during this month's ITV documentary

It came as Labour MP Holly Lynch revealed how she and Meghan discussed how being in the public eye could be lonely for women. The royal is seen during this month’s ITV documentary

Meghan personally phoned Ms Lynch, MP for Halifax in West Yorkshire, pictured, to thank her for writing an open letter that 72 female politicians signed to support her

Meghan personally phoned Ms Lynch, MP for Halifax in West Yorkshire, pictured, to thank her for writing an open letter that 72 female politicians signed to support her

Meghan personally phoned Ms Lynch, MP for Halifax in West Yorkshire, pictured, to thank her for writing an open letter that 72 female politicians signed to support her 

Politicians including Diane Abbott and Jess Phillips wrote to the Duchess of Sussex , saying they 'stand with' her and relate to her experience

Politicians including Diane Abbott and Jess Phillips wrote to the Duchess of Sussex , saying they 'stand with' her and relate to her experience

Politicians including Diane Abbott and Jess Phillips wrote to the Duchess of Sussex , saying they ‘stand with’ her and relate to her experience

Holly shared her campaign on Twitter yesterday, before speaking to ITV about the open letter.

She said: ‘She was calling to thank myself and other women MP for standing with her and sending the open letter to say that we, as women in public office, absolutely understand what she is going through.

‘Although in very different public roles, we stand with her in solidarity to say that we shouldn’t be tearing down women in public life through the press or otherwise, so she was pleased to have seen that letter.’ 

She added that she was ‘very concerned’ about ‘incredibly sexist’ coverage of the Duchess. 

‘She is here, she has married our prince, they got a young son, we want to welcome her to our society and I am afraid not all of the articles in our national press reflect that, and it’s time that stops,’ she said. 

Others who also put their name to the letter included Liberal Democrat MP Angela Smith and Conservative MP Tracey Crouch. 

The letter, addressed to Meghan (above) said that the MPs stood with her on her stance against the media

The letter, addressed to Meghan (above) said that the MPs stood with her on her stance against the media

The letter, addressed to Meghan (above) said that the MPs stood with her on her stance against the media

Halifax MP Holly Lynch tweeted out the letter to her followers yesterday

Halifax MP Holly Lynch tweeted out the letter to her followers yesterday

Halifax MP Holly Lynch tweeted out the letter to her followers yesterday

The letter said that ‘as women MPs of all political persuasions’ the group wanted to ‘stand against’ stories they said were ‘often distasteful and misleading’ in a number of national newspapers across the UK.

It continued: ‘On occasions, stories and headlines have represented an invasion of your privacy and have sought to cast aspersions about your character, without any good reason as far as we can see.

‘Even more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories.

‘As women members of Parliament from all backgrounds, we stand with you in saying it cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.’

The letter addressed that even though the women held different lives in the public eye, that they shared an understanding of the ‘abuse and intimidation’ which is used as a means of ‘disparaging women in public office’ from getting on with their work.

‘We expect the national media to have the integrity to know when a story is in the national interest, and when it is seeking to tear a woman down for no apparent reason.

Tracey Crouch

Tracey Crouch

Stella Creasy

Stella Creasy

Tracey Crouch (left) and Stella Creasy (right) also signed the letter from female MPs

Earlier this month, Harry and Meghan (above) launched legal action against the Mail on Sunday

Earlier this month, Harry and Meghan (above) launched legal action against the Mail on Sunday

Earlier this month, Harry and Meghan (above) launched legal action against the Mail on Sunday

‘You have our assurances that we stand with you in solidarity on this.

‘We will use the means at our disposal to ensure that our press accept your right to privacy and show respect, and that their stories reflect the truth.’

The letter from MPs comes after Prince Harry addressed being in the spotlight during his recent ITV documentary. 

Holly Lynch MP (pictured) wrote a letter saying she and 71 other female MPs stand with Meghan

Harry described the way he deals with the pressures of his life as being a matter of ‘constant management’, adding: ‘I thought I was out of the woods and then suddenly it all came back, and this is something that I have to manage.

‘Part of this job, and part of any job, like everybody, is putting on a brave face and turning a cheek to a lot of the stuff, but again, for me and again for my wife, of course there is 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, and focus on being the people that we are, and standing up for what we believe in. 

He added: ‘I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum.’ 

During the documentary he also highlighted the behaviour of the press and said it played a role in the public scrutiny that he and wife Meghan Markle have faced. 

In his statement, Prince Harry said he and Meghan believed in ‘media freedom and objective, truthful reporting’ as a ‘cornerstone of democracy’. 

However, he added that his wife had become a ‘victim’ of the tabloid press in a campaign he claimed had ‘escalated ruthlessly’. 

He also said that there was a ‘human cost’ to such articles being published and said his wife was the ‘same person now as she was on our wedding day’.  

The letter from MPs comes after Prince Harry addressed being in the spotlight during his recent ITV documentary. Holly Lynch MP (pictured) wrote a letter saying she and 71 other female MPs stand with Meghan Harry described the way he deals with the pressures of his life as being a matter of 'constant management'

The letter from MPs comes after Prince Harry addressed being in the spotlight during his recent ITV documentary. Holly Lynch MP (pictured) wrote a letter saying she and 71 other female MPs stand with Meghan Harry described the way he deals with the pressures of his life as being a matter of 'constant management'

The letter from MPs comes after Prince Harry addressed being in the spotlight during his recent ITV documentary. Holly Lynch MP (pictured) wrote a letter saying she and 71 other female MPs stand with Meghan Harry described the way he deals with the pressures of his life as being a matter of ‘constant management’ 

During the honest documentary,  the Duchess of Sussex’s documentary following the royal couple’s first official engagement in Africa this year.

Speaking to Mr Bradby, who asked how she was adapting to the pressures of being a royal, the Duchess admitted she was ‘not okay’. 

She said: ‘Look, any woman especially when they are pregnant you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a new born, you know…

‘And especially as a woman, it’s a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mum or trying to be a newlywed.’

Earlier this month Harry launched legal action against the Mail on Sunday over a claim that the paper unlawfully published one of her private letters to her father Thomas. 

‘We stand with you’: The letter from female MPs to the Duchess of Sussex 

‘As women MPs of political persuasions, we wanted to express our solidarity with you in taking a stand against the often distasteful and misleading nature of the stories printed in our national newspapers concerning you, your character and your family.

On occasions, stories and headlines have represented an invasion of your privacy and have sought to cast aspersions about your character, without any good reason as far as we can see.

Even more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories. As women Members of Parliament from all backgrounds, we stand with you in saying it cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.

Although we find ourselves being women in public life in a very different way to you, we share an understanding of the abuse and intimidation which is now so often used as a means of disparaging women in the public office from getting on with very important work.

With this in mind we expect the national media to have the integrity to know when a story is in the national interest and when it is seeking to tear a woman down for no apparent reason.

You have our assurances that we stand with you in solidarity on this.

We will use the means at our disposal to ensure that our press accept your right to privacy and show respect, and that their stories reflect the truth.’

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