Prince Harry Says He’s Ashamed of How He Dealt With Meghan Markle’s Suicidal Thoughts

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have been opening up about their experiences in the British royal family and the events that led to their resignations as senior working royals.

In a shocking CBS Interview with Oprah Winfrey, the former actor revealed that things had gotten so bad for her, that she began to consider suicide.

Now, in a new series about mental health, Prince Harry is speaking about his own mental health and he’s getting candid about how he dealt with Meghan’s suicidal thoughts.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex ride by carriage down the Mall during Trooping The Colour,
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Why did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave the British royal family?

When the British press caught wind of the romance between Prince Harry and Meghan, the Suits alum was thrust in the spotlight in a way that she’d never experienced previously.

At some point, because she was an American and a woman of color, the British press and public turned on her. She became the victim of racist and sexist vitriol. The Sussexes say that though they asked the royal family to intervene, their pleas were never acknowledged.

In the end, Prince Harry who’d wanted to leave the royal family since his early 20s decided that the best course of action was to remove his family from that life completely.

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Meghan Markle said she had suicidal thoughts while in the British royal family

In the October 2019 documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, Meghan got candid for the first time about how she was doing as a working royal. However, things had gotten much worse than she let on in that interview.

“I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry, especially because I know how much loss he’s suffered,” Meghan told Oprah. “But I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was very clear and real and frightening.”

Meghan also went on to explain that when she begged Buckingham Palace for help, her pleas were ignored.

Prince Harry says he’s ashamed of how he dealt with Meghan Markle’s suicidal thoughts

In his new Apple TV+ series, The Me You Can’t See, Prince Harry is getting candid about the trauma and pain of losing his mother Princess Diana, how his mental health suffered in the years following, and the British royal family’s lack of response and support around mental health issues.

When considering Meghan’s suicidal ideation when she was pregnant with their son Archie, the prince said he’s not proud of how he dealt with it.

“I’m somewhat ashamed of the way that I dealt with it,” Prince Harry, said per Page Six. “And 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.’”

Thanfully, the Sussexes are in a much better place now.

How to get help: In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor at the free Crisis Text Line.