The Duchess of Sussex made the claims in documents released today as part of her High Court battle.
Meghan, 38, is suing Associated Newspapers over its publication of a “private and confidential” letter to her estranged father Thomas Markle in August 2018.
In the new documents, Meghan claims she felt “unprotected” by the “institution” of the Royal Family when she was pregnant.
Prince Harry’s wife said she had “become the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles” in UK newspapers, specifically by Associated Newspapers titles, which caused “tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health”.
The documents added: “As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were rightly concerned for her welfare, specifically as she was pregnant, unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself.”
The five friends who gave an interview to US magazine People defending her have also been named.
But the 38-year-old denies that she authorised them to speak out.
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