Dating someone with multiple sclerosis
The prince has campaigned tirelessly to help the endangered animals.
Mum-of-three Samantha, 51, added: “It was something she dreamed of as a girl when we watched the royals on TV.
The Sun revealed yesterday how Harry pursued Meghan by text after they met in her home city of Toronto in May. Samantha said: “Several months ago there was some suggestion she was involved with someone very high profile. When it came out, dad said: ‘I knew it was Harry, I just didn’t say anything’.” Last night it was claimed that dad Tom filed for bankruptcy in June just as Meghan, who yesterday posted a cryptic pic of two cuddling bananas, started dating the prince.
The TV star also teased fans with an Instagram picture of a classic English teapot - shaped like one of the Prince's beloved elephants.
One in ten was told they had depression or anxiety.'We hear all the time from people with MS who have gone through numerous misdiagnoses,' says Susan Kohlhaas, director of research at the MS Society.'A GP won't see that many cases of MS and the symptoms, such as fatigue, are so generic there is too much hesitation to refer on to a neurologist,' adds Dr Schmierer.
Typically, diagnosis is done using a brain scan for signs of damage, or by taking a sample of spinal fluid to check for inflammation. 'I had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia more than 20 years ago,' she says.'At the time I had three young children, a husband, two houses to run, horses to look after — I was busy so I didn't have time to give much thought to my health.'I was exhausted and was having pains and the odd weakness in my joints, but there's no cure — I was just told to get on with it.'Soon after my fibromyalgia diagnosis, I went to the ballet with my husband and I wasn't able to get up off the loo. And a few years ago I went to the doctor with weakness in my leg and the GP thought it was just muscular weakness because I wasn't exercising enough because of my fibromyalgia.'I also had pains in my eyes and was found to have an inflamed optic nerve but, again, this was put down to fibromyalgia.'Yet this year she decided enough was enough.
This leads to inflammation, which interrupts the nerve signals between the brain, the spinal cord and the rest of the body. While for some the symptoms get steadily worse, about 80 per cent of patients have relapsing and remitting MS, with flare-ups followed by periods of remission. Klaus Schmierer, a consultant neurologist at Barts Health NHS Trust, says: 'Exposure to a viral infection, the most likely being the Epstein Barr virus, which causes glandular fever, is one candidate.'It is thought the virus may kick-start an autoimmune-type response, when the immune system attacks the body.'There is also an association with where you live,' adds Dr Schmierer.
Symptoms often begin with fatigue, muscular weakness, sight disturbances (caused by inflammation of the optic nerve) and slowed thinking. 'The further from the equator you are, the higher your risk of MS.'That's because living in parts of the world that get less sun affects your levels of vitamin D, which plays an important part in immunological function.'Women are three times more likely to develop MS than men — it's thought due to their hormones.
Samantha Markle, 51, described actress sister Meghan, 35, as a shallow social climber who loved watching him and brother William on TV — but preferred Harry as she has a “soft spot for gingers”.If I walk too far, it feels as if my legs won't support my body, and sometimes my eyes feel painful, but it's not too bad when you consider I've had this for more than 20 years,' she says wryly.'I make a point of walking 6,000 steps a day.If I get exhausted and have to sit down, it doesn't frighten me any more.Sitting in a doctor's surgery with her eldest daughter Anna-Louise by her side, TV personality Jane Felstead struggled to take in what the neurologist before her was saying. In fact, she has multiple sclerosis (MS) — a progressive disease of the brain and spinal cord.For more than 20 years, Jane, 65, believed she had fibromyalgia — a condition that causes aching joints and fatigue. Without treatment, many people with MS end up in a wheelchair.