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Meghan Markle Admits She Was Warned Against Marrying Prince Harry

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Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter

Meghan Markle admitted that her British friends all warned her against marrying Prince Harry because the “tabloids” would “destroy” her life.

“It’s hard. I don’t think anybody could understand that,” the Duchess of Sussex shared when asked what the last year as a royal has been like for a documentary by London’s ITV, according to the “Today” show in a piece published Monday. (RELATED: Report: Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Plan To Have At Least One More Child)

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“In all fairness, I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand here, but when I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy,” she added. “But my British friend said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life.'”(RELATED: Report: Meghan Markle And Kate Middleton’s Alleged Feud Really Between Prince Harry And Prince William)

The former “Suits” actress continued, “And I very naively — I’m an American we don’t have that there. ‘What are you talking about, that doesn’t make any sense.’ I didn’t get it. So it’s been complicated.”

Later, the duchess talked about life in the spotlight and admitted she knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But things have been more intense than she ever expected.

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“I’ve said for a long time to H — that’s what I call him [Harry]— it is not enough to just survive something, right?” Markle said. “That’s not the point of life. You’ve got to thrive, you’ve got to feel happy, and I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip.”

“I tried, I really tried, but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging, and the biggest thing that I know is that I never thought that this would be easy,” she added. “But I thought that it would be fair, and that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile.”

At another point in the documentary, a source close to the royal couple shared that because of the scrutiny, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan to escape and spend some “much-needed” time off, including a stop in America.

“The duke and duchess have a full schedule of engagements and commitments until mid-November, after which they will be taking some much-needed family time,” the source shared with NBC.