Meghan Markle has revealed her British friends warned her not to marry Prince Harry, but she "naively" ignored them.
The US-born former actress, 38, said she had tried to cope with the pressures of her new life since marrying the Duke of Sussex in May last year and giving birth to their first child by putting on a "stiff upper lip".
But during the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, she revealed she was not prepared for the intensity of tabloid interest.
Speaking to Tom Bradby, the Duchess of Sussex said: "When I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy.
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"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.'
"I very naively said – I'm American, we don't have that there – 'what are you talking about? That doesn't make any sense, I'm not in tabloids'.
"I didn't get it. So it's been complicated."
Throughout the documentary, Meghan described the past year as a member of the royal family as "hard".
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When Tom asked for an idea on how the last year has been, she said: "I don’t think anybody could understand that, but in all fairness, I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand."
The new documentary comes after the royals announced during their African trip they were suing some of the UK press' biggest names.
Meghan is suing the Mail on Sunday over a breach of privacy after it published a private letter between her and her estranged father.
Harry has also begun legal action at the High Court in relation to the alleged illegal interception of voicemail messages by the Sun, the now defunct News of the World and Daily Mirror journalists.
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During the couple’s recent southern Africa tour, journalist Tom Brady also asked Meghan if she could continue to cope with the pressure and what would happen if she could not.
She told him: "In all honesty, I have said for a long time to H, that is what I call him, it’s not enough to just survive something, that’s not the point of life.
"You have got to thrive.
"You have 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 what that does internally is probably really damaging, and the biggest thing that I know is that I never thought this would be easy but I thought it would be fair.
"That is the part that is hard to reconcile but [I] just take each day as it comes."
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