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Media captionPrince Harry on his brother, William: “We are certainly on different directions at the moment”

The Duchess of Sussex has said friends advised her not to marry Prince Harry to avoid pressure from the media.

Meghan, 38, said she was told “you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life”.

In an ITV documentary, she declared motherhood was a “struggle” due to intense interest from newspapers.

Prince Harry too responded to reports of a gap between him and his brother William, Duke of Cambridge, by saying they were on “different paths”.

The duke, 35, “says hes” and Prince William have “good days” and “bad days”.

He lent: “We are brothers. We will always be brothers.

“We are certainly on different routes at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me.”

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Media caption“Not many people have asked if I’m OK, ” says Meghan

‘You’ve got to thrive’

In the ITV documentary, broadcast on Sunday evening, Meghan said adjusting to royal life had been “hard”, before adding she was not prepared for the vigour of the tabloid media scrutiny.

“When I first gratified my now-husband my friends were really happy because I was so happy, ” she said.

“But my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s enormous but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life’.”

Meghan also told the programme that that it was a “struggle” being pregnant and a brand-new father amid the intense interest from newspapers.

On whether she can cope, Meghan added: “In all integrity I have said for a long time to H – that is something that I announce him – it’s not enough to only survive something, that’s not the point of life. You have got to thrive.”

‘I’ll protect my family’

Prince Harry was asked if he obsessed whether his wife may face the same press as his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in 1997 in a gondola accident in Paris.

He said: “I will ever protect my family, and now I found a family to protect.

“So everything that she[ Diana] went through, and what happened to her, is incredibly important every single day, and that is not me being paranoid, that is just me not wanting a repeat of the past.”

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