Harry and Meghan’s ‘outlandishly unexpected’ interview amazed TV crew

Meghan talks about motherhood ahead of Africa trip

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s “explosive” 2019 interview in South Africa left the TV crew stunned, one of the creators behind it has said. The conversation was “outlandishly unexpected and shocking” and the crew immediately knew they had something “pretty extraordinary”.

An exclusive documentary followed the newlywed Prince Harry and Meghan and then-baby Archie on their 10-day royal tour of Africa in 2019.

In an emotional ITV interview, while on the tour, Meghan revealed to broadcaster Tom Bradby that she was “not ok” while discussing the pressures of being a new mum in the Royal Family.

Chris Shaw, the former editorial director for ITN, has now reflected on the broadcaster’s “explosive” 2019 interview, saying the “little conversation in South Africa” seemed “so outlandishly unexpected and shocking”.

Mr Shaw, while speaking to Deadline, was asked whether the team behind the programme instantly knew the footage was “explosive”.

He said: “That little conversation in South Africa seemed so outlandishly unexpected and shocking … we knew we had something pretty extraordinary.”

In the ITV documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, the couple were filmed on their tour of Africa while they carried out charity work.

Meghan became emotional when she was asked how the past year had been as a member of the Royal Family, which she described as “hard” and “really challenging”.

She was asked by Mr Bradby about the “toll” the new role had taken on herself and Harry.

She replied: “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 newborn – you know.

“And especially as a woman, it’s a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed it’s, well…”

The Duchess then thanked the broadcaster for checking in and asking her how she was doing.

She said: “And, also 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.”

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Following up on her answer, Tom asked: “And the answer is, would it be fair to say, not really OK, as in it’s really been a struggle?”

After pondering on the question for a few moments, Meghan replied: “Yes.”

The interview – which was the first time the couple publicly spoke out about issues they were facing – aired one year before they stepped back from their royal duties and moved across the pond.

Since departing from their senior royal roles, the California-based couple have spoken openly about their struggles while living under the monarchy.

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