Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has admitted to struggling with the immense media scrutiny that comes with becoming a member of the British royal family, telling a documentary crew “Not many people have asked if I’m OK” with the extraordinary attention.

Speaking to reporter Tom Bradby for ITV’s upcoming documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Meghan blinked back tears while addressing the intense focus on her life.

“Any woman, especially when you’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, so that made it really challenging,” Meghan said in a clip released overnight.

“And then when you have a newborn… especially as a woman, it’s a lot, so you add this on top of just trying to be a new mum, or a newlywed.”

Meghan then paused, before admitting few people outside her immediate circle have inquired about her own mental health.

“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.”

The documentary was filmed during the couple’s cross-continental trip last month, in which Meghan and Prince Harry introduced their son, Archie, to the world.

While coverage in Australia was largely positive, British tabloids churned out takes questioning her fashion choices and alleged desire to portray a “carefully crafted humble image” on tour.

A clip featuring Prince Harry himself has also been released, in which the royal says the death of his mother, Princess Diana, is a “wound that festers.”

“Every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me right back,” he added.

The one-hour special will hit Australian screens on Channel 10, Tuesday at 7.30pm.