Meghan Markle: Why the next few weeks will be so important for the Sussexes

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MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry have had a difficult time of late and will be taking a six-week break with their son very soon. So why will the next few weeks be so important for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

In an interview with ITV last month, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry spoke candidly about the negative experiences the pair regularly encounter as part of the Royal Family. With baby Archie Harrison in tow, Meghan and Harry will be taking a six-week break and will spend Thanksgiving in the US. 

Last month, the Duke and Duchess spoke candidly in the documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, about the pressures they have faced in recent months.

Interviewer Tom Bradby asked Meghan about the impact of the last few months on her “physical and mental health”.

Meghan replied: “Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn and especially as a woman it’s a lot.

“So you add this on top of trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newly wed.”

The Duchess added: “Thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m ok, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

The Palace has not revealed how the Duke and Duchess will be spending their break, but it’s possible they will be making a visit to Los Angeles.

Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland lives in Los Angeles, and is thought to be hosting her daughter for Thanksgiving.

The trip will mark baby Archie’s first visit to see his granny.

A source told PEOPLE: “This is Archie’s first Thanksgiving and family is going to be very important for Meghan for the holidays.

“This would also be Harry’s first Thanksgiving in the States.

“It will be nice for them to be around people that love them and have him understand her traditions too.”

Insiders told the publication the couple are keen to escape the scrutiny they receive in the UK.

One source said: “It’s not possible for them to be [in the UK]like this.

“There’s more pressure now. There’s a shift that is happening.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have received an outpouring of support since they made the frank admissions last month.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told The Times: “All members of the royal family are under a pressure that none of us outside can possibly imagine.

He added: “Every personal action is scrutinised.

“Every statement is over-interpreted, over-read.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are going to take a couple of months away from royal duties…

“If you look at it as a job, they didn’t take the full allowance of leave that you’re entitled to; every person is entitled to.

“I don’t know why it should be a point of criticism that they take leave to spend time with a new baby in the way that the law provides for every single employee in this country.”

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