Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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 admitted motherhood was a "struggle" due to intense interest from newspapers.
Prince Harry also responded to reports of a rift between him and his brother William, Duke of Cambridge, by saying they were on "different paths".
The duke, 35, said he and Prince William have "good days" and "bad days".
He added: "We are brothers. We will always be brothers.
"We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me."
In the documentary, Meghan said adjusting to royal life had been "hard", adding that she was not prepared for the intensity of the tabloid media scrutiny.
"When I first met 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 great 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 new mother amid the intense interest from newspapers.
On whether she can cope, Meghan added: "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."