Prince Harry woke to find Meghan crying into her pillow before Oprah chat aired

Prince Harry told how he woke up to find Meghan Markle crying into a pillow because his wife did not want to wake him.

The royal claims Meghan was reduced to tears in the middle of the night by a "combined effort of the Firm and the media to smear her" in the run-up to the couple's explosive tell-all chat with Oprah Winfrey.

In Harry's new documentary series about mental health, The Me You Can't See, he revealed the tense situation in his household before the Oprah interview aired.

He said: "Before the Oprah interview had aired, there was a combined effort of the Firm and the media to smear her (Meghan).

"I was woken in the middle of the night to her crying in her pillow because she doesn't want to wake me up because I'm already carrying too much.

"That's heartbreaking. I held her.

"We talked. She cried, and she cried, and she cried."

Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah featured a number of claims and accusations against the Royal Family.

These included the claims one member of the family was concerned about how dark baby Archie's skin tone would be, and the accusation that the royals ignored Meghan when she said she was feeling suicidal.

In the run-up to the Oprah interview there were claims that Meghan faced a bullying complaint from members of the royal household from her time at Kensington Palace.

At the time Harry and Meghan said they were the victims of a "calculated smear campaign".

He told the documentary, available to watch on Apple TV: "They (the media) are desperately trying to control the narrative because they know if they lose it then the truth will come out.

"I'd like to think we were able to speak the truth as compassionately as possible therefore leaving an opening for reconciliation and healing."

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to the US over a year ago after deciding to quit as working members of the Royal Family.

As well as the Apple TV series, the pair have signed big deals with streaming services Spotify, Netflix and Disney+.

Harry insisted that he should have made the move Stateside a long time ago as he claimed "the forces working against us tried to make it impossible".

He added: "Making this move was really scary but I've never been as comfortable in my own skin."

The new series aired on May 21 and looks at how mental health issues affect people from all walks of life.

Harry spoke candidly about the death of his mother, Princess Diana, and how her treatment led to unresolved issues in his life.

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