Kate Middleton 'feels sorry' for Meghan Markle amid struggle with media: report

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's recent documentary reportedly has Kate Middleton going the extra mile in trying to support her family members as they go to this tough time.

Prolific royals expert Phil Dampier told Express that "behind the scenes," the Duchess of Cambridge "is doing her best to bring everyone together and help Meghan."

"I’m told she has reached out to Meghan and spoken to her on the phone," Dampier said. "Kate feels sorry for her and knows that Meghan is struggling. None of them want to let the Queen down so Kate is trying to patch things up in private."

The reveal comes one week after "Harry & Meghan: An African Journey" premiered on ITV in the UK and ABC in the US. In the emotional documentary, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opened up about the impact that relentless international media coverage has had on their lives as newlyweds and new parents.

"Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging," Meghan said. "And then when you have a newborn, you know -- especially as a woman, it’s really, it’s a lot."

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Tembisa township to learn about Youth Employment Services (YES) on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on an official visit to South Africa. (Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Tembisa township to learn about Youth Employment Services (YES) on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on an official visit to South Africa. (Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harrye, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services on October 02, 2019 in Tembisa, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harrye, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services on October 02, 2019 in Tembisa, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harrye, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services on October 02, 2019 in Tembisa, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harrye, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services on October 02, 2019 in Tembisa, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harrye, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services on October 02, 2019 in Tembisa, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harrye, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services on October 02, 2019 in Tembisa, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harrye, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services on October 02, 2019 in Tembisa, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harrye, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services on October 02, 2019 in Tembisa, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services on October 02, 2019 in Tembisa, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services on October 02, 2019 in Tembisa, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the township of Tembisa during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Various Cities, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the township of Tembisa during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Various Cities, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the township of Tembisa during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Various Cities, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the township of Tembisa during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Various Cities, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the township of Tembisa during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Various Cities, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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When interviewer Tom Bradby asked how she was doing, the former "Suits" actress expressed her appreciation for him even asking her the question.

"And also thank you for asking, because not many people will have asked if I'm okay," she said. "But it's a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes."

Meghan also said that she had been warned about what marrying Prince Harry would entail when it came to coverage in the media, but she dismissed any notion that she shouldn't marry into the royal family just because it would be difficult to manage such coverage.

"I don't think anybody could understand that, but in all fairness, I had no idea—which probably sounds difficult to understand here—but when I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy, 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 said to Bradby. "And I very naively...we're American, we don't have that there, 'What are you talking about? That doesn't make any sense. I'm not in tabloids!' I didn't get it."

Dampier's claim that Kate is taking initiative when it comes to supporting Meghan behind the scenes comes nearly a year after Kate and Meghan's alleged feud hit its breaking point. While the two duchesses may not necessarily see eye-to-eye on how things are done in the royal family, they reportedly reconciled over the holidays last year at the urging of their husbands and Queen Elizabeth herself.

Their last solo joint outing came at the 2019 Wimbledon women's final, where they watched Meghan's pal, Serena Williams, play for the second straight year.

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Kate Middleton's most gorgeous red carpet moments
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2011

At the premiere of War Horse in Alice Temperley

2011

At the BAFTA Brits to Watch event in Alexander McQueen

2011

At the 10th annual ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) Gala Dinner, at Kensington Palace in Jenny Packham

2011

At a fundraising gala organized by 100 Women in Hedge Funds in Beulah

2011

At a dinner reception at St James' Palace in Jenny Packham

2011

Attending an event at the Imperial War Museum in Alexander McQueen

2012

Arriving for a dinner at Claridge's in Roland Mouret

2012

Arriving at a gala celebration for the Olympic concert in Jenny Packham

2013

Arriving at the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards in Jenny Packham

2013

Attending the performance of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' at Odeon Leicester Square in Roland Mouret

2014

Attending The Portrait Gala 2014: Collecting To Inspire at National Portrait Gallery in Jenny Packham

2015

At the premiere of "Spectre" at the Royal Albert Hall in Jenny Packham

2016

Arriving for a Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Jenny Packham

2016

At the UK Premiere of "A Street Cat Named Bob" in Self Portrait

2017 

at National Portrait Gallery's Portrait Gala in Temperley London

2017

At the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards in London in Alexander McQueen

2018

At the 2018 BAFTAs while pregnant with Prince Louis, wearing Jenny Packham

2019

At the 2019 BAFTAs in Alexander McQueen

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