Meghan Markle makes 1st appearance since emotional documentary

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, stepped out Tuesday night for the One Young World Summit in London.

The former Meghan Markle donned an elegant purple midi dress and navy pointed stilettos for the opening ceremony of the event at Royal Albert Hall. She wore her hair in bouncy curls with a fashionable middle part.

It was the first public appearance by the duchess since she recently revealed in an ITV documentary she has struggled with the intense media spotlight on her and Prince Harry’s relationship.

“It’s hard. I don’t think anybody could understand that,” she said. “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 friend said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life.’

“And I very naively — I’m an American, we don’t have that there. ‘What are you talking about, that doesn’t make any sense.’ I didn’t get it. So it’s been complicated.”

Recently, the royal couple announced lawsuits against British tabloids and have spoken out in strongly worded statements. A source close to the couple has told NBC News they will be taking some “much-needed family time” later this year.

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