Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reveal The Self Help Guru They’re Obsessed With

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry made a global splash when they made the shocking decision to step away from their royal duties — and its many perks — to live a more private life out of the prying eyes of a demanding public. They made it clear that mistreatment from the press was part of the decision and, of course, the memory of Princess Diana and her tragic end at the hands of aggressive paparazzi weighed heavily on everyone’s mind as the news broke. As the couple makes a fresh start in America, it turns out that they are leaning heavily on one well-known self-help guru to help them deal with it all. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry faced constant criticism 

From the moment that Meghan and Prince Harry went public with their relationship, they faced backlash from a significant segment of the population. Cultural commentators have deemed many of the comments lobbed against the couple as patently racist, and it turns out that Meghan agrees.

While not all the criticism was directly about Markle’s multi-racial background, she certainly seemed to face more scrutiny than other royal family members. Everything from the way Meghan dressed to the way she held her baby was fair game for mean comments.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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Many of the critics also took issue with Meghan’s Hollywood background. An actor on the popular drama Suits before leaving the career for a life as a royal, Meghan was deemed to be “too American” and too much of a “diva” by many in the British public.

The pair seemed determined to wait out the critics, but even as they married, had a baby, and worked hard to demonstrate their commitment to their royal duties, the harsh comments continued. 

Brené Brown has been a source of comfort for the Sussexes

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have definitely faced more pressure than most of us to conform to a particular idea of how they should behave. It turns out that the couple has found some help with coping in the form of self-help guru Brené Brown. According to PeopleMeghan and Prince Harry “absolutely adore” Brown and her work. 

Prince Harry was in a recent conversation with Hunter Johnson, founder of The Man Cave, about using media as a force for good. Johnson said: “Vulnerability brings connection and connection is why we are here. It brings meaning and it brings purpose to our lives.”

This quote from Brown made Prince Harry smile and turn to his wife. He said: “I love the fact you’re quoting Brené Brown and also bringing up Tristan Harris because they are two people we absolutely adore as well.”

Meghan added: “We love them!”

Prince Harry added: “Five years ago, six years ago, maybe a little bit longer — it was like talking about your mental health was a sign of weakness. Just as much as vulnerability was a weakness. No, it’s not.” 

Brené Brown is popular with other celebrities 

Brené Brown has long been a researcher who studies shame, vulnerability, courage, and empathy. She has written multiple books, including the popular Braving the Wilderness. Her advice helps people find a way to face their own vulnerabilities without shame and to become better adept at navigating complex relationships with the people around them. 

Her 2010 TED Talk “The Power of Vulnerability” has been viewed nearly 50 million times and helped her rise to fame, reaching even those who don’t normally turn to self-help. Her conversational style and humor help deliver her message in a way that really resonates with people.

In fact, Brown can count several celebrities among her fan club. Oprah, Russell Brand, and Reese Witherspoon have all been vocally supportive of Brown and her message. Brown tells people to “embrace the suck” and deal with the difficult parts of their lives directly, and it’s clear that the advice helps people of all kinds get through their hardest moments.