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Meghan Markle admits to struggle of being in public eye as a royal to Pharrell Williams: 'They don't make it easy'

Though it's not clear who Meghan was referring to as 'they' but it's likely the negative media coverage she has received while trying to maintain a modicum of privacy while performing her royal duties
UPDATED FEB 17, 2020
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Source:Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Source:Getty Images)

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, after weeks of controversy surrounding her privacy demands, appears to have hinted that she has been having a difficult time with her public life as a member of the royal family. She reportedly made a remark about it while chatting with musician Pharrell Williams on Sunday at 'The Lion King' European premiere.

Meghan met the stars of the film at an event in London's Leicester Square alongside Prince Harry. The Duchess, at the event, was seen chatting with Williams, who was involved in the soundtrack of the Disney movie.

A royal fan, @royal_suitor, shared a video of Meghan and Williams' exchange on Twitter, which showed Williams praising Meghan and Harry's "wonderful union" as "significant in today's climate." The Duchess responded to the remark with: "Thank you, they don't make it easy," the Daily Mail reported.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex greet US singer Pharrell Williams at the European Premiere of Disney's "The Lion King" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Getty Images)

The royal couple, in recent weeks, has faced heavy criticism for insisting on keeping their son Archie's christening a private affair and refusing to reveal the names of his godparents. As news of Archie's private christening broke, a week later Markle made a controversial "private" appearance at Wimbledon with her two friends and caused a stir after her bodyguards told fans to not take her pictures despite the event being televised to millions across the world.

One of those warned by Markle's bodyguards included real tennis three-time world champion Sally Jones, who in turn called the Duchess "childish" and a "control freak" for her move.  

The Duke and Duchess met the cast and crew of The Lion King during a line-up inside the Odeon, and which also included Williams. The exchange between the couple and Williams began when Harry laughingly admired William's tuxedo jacket and shorts combination, as he said: "I love the look." Williams, in response, humored him and did a mock curtsey for the prince.

Williams then took the moment to praise the royal couple, saying: "So happy for your union. Love is amazing. It’s wonderful. Don’t ever take that for granted, but what it means in today’s climate, I just wanted to tell you it’s so significant for so many of us. Seriously."

The Duchess then responded, thanking the musician and said: "That's so kind of you to say." Williams then said: "It's significant. I cheer you guys on." To which Markle responded with touching him on the arm, and saying: "They don't make it easy."