Being an actress-turned-duchess-turned-non-royal is no easy feat (especially when you have British tabloids covering your every move). And court documents released from Meghan Markle’s current lawsuit prove just that.
ICYMI: The Duchess of Sussex is suing the Mail on Sunday over the newspaper's "ruthless" campaign against the duchess. It is widely known that Markle has been the target of relentless coverage by tabloids. Her legal action is specifically in regards to the paper's publishing of a private handwritten letter the duchess sent to her father, Thomas Markle, a week before her royal wedding.
In new documents obtained by E! News, Markle’s counsel opened up about the tremendous stress and mental health trauma that the media has caused her, particularly during her time as a royal.
“[Meghan Markle] had become the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles by the U.K. tabloid media, specifically by the [Mail on Sunday], which caused tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health,” part of the statements read. “As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were rightly concerned for her welfare, specifically as she was pregnant, unprotected by the Institution and prohibited from defending herself.”
These documents made us realize how far the duchess has actually come. They paint a stark picture of her mental and emotional state as a royal. However, Markle seems to be doing much better in her new life in Los Angeles and has managed to accomplish a variety of things in just a few short months. Not only has she forged a new path for her family and dipped her toes back into the entertainment industry, but she's dedicating her time to charities, including ones that support mental health (aka helping those who are struggling like she did).