Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have had a difficult time lately and will soon be taking a six-week break with their son. So why will the coming weeks be so important for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry spoke frankly in an interview with ITV last month, in which she described the negative experiences that the couple regularly come across as part of the royal family. With baby Archie Harrison in tow, Meghan and Harry take a six-week break and spend Thanksgiving in the US.
Last month the duke and duchess spoke frankly in the documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, about the pressure they have had to deal with in recent months.
Interviewer Tom Bradby asked Meghan about the impact of recent months on her “physical and mental health.”
Meghan replied: “Every woman, especially if she is pregnant, you are really vulnerable and so that was made very challenging, and then when you have a newborn and especially as a woman it is a lot.
“So you add this in addition to trying to be a new mother or a newly married.”
The duchess added: “Thanks for asking because not many people have asked if I am doing well, but it is very real to go behind the scenes.”
The palace has not revealed how the duke and duchess will spend their holidays, but it is possible that they will visit Los Angeles.
Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland lives in Los Angeles and is thought to be hosting her daughter for Thanksgiving.
The journey marks the first visit of baby Archie to see his grandmother.
A source said to PEOPLE: “This is Archie’s first Thanksgiving and family will be very important to Meghan for the holidays.
“This would also be Harry’s first Thanksgiving in the United States.
“It will be nice for them to be with people who love them and let him understand her traditions.”
Insiders told the publication that the couple would like to escape the research they receive in the UK.
A source said: “It is not possible that they are [in the UK].
“There is more pressure now. A shift is taking place.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have received a stream of support since they frankly admitted last month.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told The Times: “All members of the royal family are under pressure that none of us can imagine.
He added: “Every personal promotion is examined.
“Every statement is over-interpreted, over-read.
“The duke and duchess of Sussex are going to take a few months away from their royal duties …
“If you consider it a job, they did not take the full leave allowance you are entitled to; to which everyone is entitled.
“I don’t know why it should be a point of criticism that they take the leave to spend time with a new baby the way the law provides for every employee in this country.”