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Meghan Markle Reportedly Felt ‘Trapped and Claustrophobic’ Living in London

It looks like stepping back from senior royal duties was exactly what Meghan Markle needed.

According to a source who spoke to Us Weekly, “Meghan has a real spring in her step again. She feels like a new person.”

It’s been no secret that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have struggled with their life in the spotlight post-royal wedding. The couple, who recently returned to their new home in Canada after wrapping up their final royal engagements, has spoken out on multiple occasions about the British tabloid circuit. Back in 2019, as a part of the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Markle gave a particularly emotional response when director Tom Bradby asked how she was coping with the exposure.

“I would say…look, any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable,” she said at the time. “So that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know?

”And especially as a woman, it’s really, it’s a lot,” Markle continued. “So if you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed, it’s um…. Yeah, well, I guess, 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.”

In the same documentary, (Prince) Harry remarked that every flash of the paparazzi took him “straight back” to the traumatic time in his life following his mother, Princess Diana’s, death, And now, Us Weekly has revealed new details about how Markle struggled with the lack of privacy in the U.K.

“She was nervous to step outside her own front door because of all the negative attention she attracted,” the source told Us Weekly, also claiming the duchess would have panic attacks. The source also said that Markle felt “trapped and claustrophobic” while living in Frogmore Cottage. “Meghan’s thrilled to have escaped the chaos of London,” the source added.

Markle is, presumably, now in preventative coronavirus quarantine alongside (Prince) Harry, who has become a serious advocate for mental health awareness, and their son, Archie. They continue to share thoughts and resources on social media to help stop the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our emotional well-being is challenged everyday whether we realise it or not, but our lives are usually filled with distractions. Now with constantly changing COVID coverage, we are all adjusting to this new normal and the feelings that come with it,” they wrote in a recent Instagram post. “But here’s the good thing (because right now we need to hear good things, right?): Yes, there is isolation and physical distancing, but there doesn’t have to be loneliness.”

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