Just hours after it was revealed that Duchess Meghan (née Markle) opened up about her struggles with adjusting to life as a new mother in the public eye, Peta Murgatroyd took to Instagram to defend the royal beauty.
“This broke me this morning. I cannot imagine what this woman has been through,” the Dancing With the Stars pro, 35, wrote on Instagram on October 18. “She’s not only a new mother and a newlywed. She uprooted her life in the U.S. to live in a new country, with a new job and new life and she is doing it with the world’s eyes upon her.”
Peta’s social media post on Friday afternoon referred to the recent interview with ITV News at Ten anchor Tom Bradby, in which Meghan reveals her heartbreaking struggles with living life in the spotlight.
“The pain in her eyes, tone of voice and body language made me well up with tears, and she is correct … very few people ask how you’re doing when you’re a new mother,” Peta continued, writing alongside a clip of the royal’s shocking interview. “It’s all about the baby.”
The Faith, Hope and Love star — who is the mom of son Shai Aleksander, 2, with husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy — penned the note in hopes that others would stand up in support for the Duchess of Sussex. “I know she chose this life, but she shouldn’t be subjected to such vilely cruel criticisms just because she is a royal,” she added.
“It’s hard enough being a new mother trying to figure things out, meanwhile she has papers and articles dissecting her every move, how she holds the baby to what she dresses him in. I really feel for her,” Peta continued. “I hope this British press can lay off (and f–k off) for a minute and let her be a new mother in peace.” You go, girl!
In her most candid interview since tying the knot with Prince Harry in May 2018 — which will be shown in the couple’s upcoming documentary titled Harry & Meghan: An African Journey — the 38-year-old royal details the struggles of living with all eyes on her while adjusting to her new role as mom to baby Archie.
“Especially as a woman it’s really — it’s a lot,” she told the ITV anchor for the film, which airs on Wednesday, October 23 at 10 p.m. EST on the ABC Network. “So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom and trying to be a newlywed. … And also thank you for asking, because not many people will have asked if I’m OK. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
Even though celebrities will always have their haters, we’re so happy to see a woman like Peta standing up in defense for other ladies and mamas!