Meghan Markle reveals her friends urged her not to marry Prince Harry

Meghan Markle has candidly revealed her friends warned her against marrying Prince Harry because the British press would “ruin her life”.

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, made the heartbreaking admission during a candid interview with broadcaster Tom Brady during the couple’s documentary called Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.

In the ITV show, which aired on Sunday 20 October, 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.‘

“And I, very naively, I’m American, we don’t have that there, said: ‘What are you talking about that doesn’t make any sense. I’m not in the tabloids‘, I didn’t get it. So, it’s been complicated.”

The Duchess of Sussex and her 35 year old husband Harry recently completed a royal tour of Africa, where Harry followed in the footsteps of his late mum Princess Diana when he visited a partially-cleared minefield in Angola.

After leaving his wife, and son Archie for solo engagements, during his tour in September, Harry sparked similarities to his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales’ 1997 visit to the minefield in which she urged the world to ban the weapons.

In a post on the royal couples’ Instagram account, Harry shared a poignant quote by his mother as he revealed how he wanted to retrace the legacy of her work.

“The Duke is humbled to be visiting a place and a community that was so special to his mother, and to recognise her tireless mission as an advocate for all those she felt needed her voice the most, even if the issue was not universally popular,” Sussex royal posted.

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Since the couple’s royal tour, where a touching clip of Meghan and Harry with their son Archie was filmed, Harry was seen choking up while discussing becoming a dad in an emotional speech at the WellChild awards.

Harry was overcome with emotion when speaking at the awards ceremony, which champions inspirational ill children.

Speaking at the ceremony, Harry told the crowd: “My wife and I feel incredibly privileged to be able to join you once again at this year's WellChild awards and to be in a room with such amazing human beings.

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“It has been over a decade since I first came to these awards and every year they never fail to surprise and inspire me.”

He continued: "Yet this year, it resonates in a different way because now I'm a father.

“Last year when my wife and I attended we knew that we were expecting our first child. No one else did at the time, but we did and…”

Harry then stopped as he fought back tears as the crowd cheered on.

Since Harry’s emotional speech and the royal couple’s tour of Africa, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they plan to take a brief break away from royal duties.

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