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Prince Harry Reveals How He Handled Meghan Markle’s Suicidal Thoughts

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Prince Harry Reveals How He Handled Meghan Markle’s Suicidal Thoughts


Back in March, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle startled the world with their candid interview with Oprah Winfrey, disclosing alleged racism at the palace and Meghan’s battles with mental health before stepping down from their royal duties.

In a new series The Me You Can’t See with Oprah Winfrey, the Duke of Sussex, 36, spoke out for the second time about his wife’s mental health difficulties.

While he spoke on the Apple TV program about the significance of reminding a suicidal person that they are ‘not alone,’ Prince Harry explained how he dealt when his wife Meghan Meghan told him she wanted to kill herself.

“So many people are afraid of being on the receiving end of that conversation because they don’t feel like they have the right tools to give the right advice,” the Duke of Sussex said. “But what you [want] to say is you’re there. Listen, because listening and being part of that conversation is without doubt the best first step that you can take.”

Harry made numerous surprising discoveries, including how, at the age of 12, Charles experienced panic attacks when his mother, Princess Diana, died in a vehicle accident. He informed Oprah that Markle did not act on suicide thoughts when pregnant with their baby because she did not want her spouse (Harry) to be affected by the death of “another woman” in his life.

“The thing that stopped her from seeing it through was how unfair it would be on me after everything that had happened to my mum and to now be put in a position of losing another woman in my life, with a baby inside of her, our baby,” he told Page Six.


Although Prince Harry said he was taken aback when Meghan Markle disclosed she had suicide thoughts in 2019, he stated that he first prioritized his royal duties over Meghan’s mental health. “Of course, because of the system that we were in and the responsibilities and the duties that we had, we had a quick cuddle, and then we had to get changed to jump in a convoy with a police escort and drive to the Royal Albert Hall for a charity event. Then step out into a wall of cameras and pretend as though everything’s okay,” Harry recalled on the premiere of “The Me You Can’t See.”


Earlier in the docuseries, Harry stated that he was “somewhat ashamed” of how he handled Meghan’s suicide fears before to a charity engagement.

‘I’m somewhat ashamed of the way that I dealt with it,’ Harry revealed.


On Meghan’s suicidal thoughts:

“The scariest thing for her was her clarity of thought. She hadn’t ‘lost it, she wasn’t crazy, she wasn’t self-medicating, be it through pills or through alcohol. She was absolutely sober. She was completely sane. Yet in the quiet of the night, these thoughts woke her up,” the duke told Oprah.


Harry also acknowledged that he did not seek aid from his family because he was embarrassed by the circumstance and believed the royals would be unable to assist.

“That was one of the biggest reasons to leave, feeling trapped and feeling controlled through fear, both by the media and by the system itself, which never encouraged the talking about this kind of trauma. Certainly, now I will never be bullied into silence” said Harry, as per Page Six.

Earlier in the series, Prince Harry stated that his and Meghan’s appeals for her assistance when she was suicidal were treated with “total neglect.”

“I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever, it is just got met with total silence, total neglect,” he said. “We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job. But Meghan was struggling.”

“One of the biggest lessons I’ve ever learned in life is you’ve sometimes got to go back and to deal with really uncomfortable situations and to be able to process it in order to be able to heal,” Harry earlier stated in the series. “For me, therapy has equipped me to be able to take on anything.”

“That’s why I’m here now,” he continued. “That’s why my wife is here now. That feeling of being trapped within the family is … There was no option to leave. Eventually, when I made that decision for my family, I was still told you can’t do this.”

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