Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to take 6 weeks off over Christmas for 'much-needed family time'

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to take 6 weeks off over Christmas for 'much-needed family time'

The British Royal Family has announced that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will take six weeks off over Christmas for "much-needed family time", the Daily Mail has reported.

The news, which comes just a few days after Meghan Markle admitted in an interview that she felt as though she'd been under a lot of pressure as a result of the intense media scrutiny the couple has fallen under.

Meghan opens up about the struggles of parenthood in an emotional interview:

In the interview, Meghan opened up about the pressures of being a mother and a new member of the British Royal family. Speaking to ITV News At Ten's anchor Tom Bradby, Meghan was asked how she had been coping.

Meghan stated: "Any woman, especially when they are pregnant, [is] really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn."

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She continued: "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... 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."

When footage of the interview hit social media, there was a public outpouring of support and concern for the Duchess of Sussex, and the hashtag #WeLoveYouMeghan quickly became the number one trending topic of Twitter.

During the interview, eagle-eyed viewers were distracted by Prince Harry rocking Baby Archie in his arms:

In an article published in The Sunday Times, Mr Bradby claims that he saw first-hand the pressure the couple is experiencing, writing:

"As the journey wore on, another human story gradually emerged, of a couple who clearly feel under the most extreme pressure and seem, at times, to be buckling beneath it ... I couldn't help but notice how incredibly tired, even burnt out, Harry looked."

A Royal source told The Sunday Times: "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."