MEGHAN Markle revealed that she reached out to Princess Diana’s “best friend” as she dealt with suicidal thoughts.
The Duchess of Sussex revealed that she “didn’t want to live any more” during her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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Meghan Markle revealed that she reached out to Princess Diana’s “best friend” while struggling with her mental healthCredit: CBS / BEEM
After feeling that she couldn’t open up to The Royal Family about her feelings, Meghan, 39, turned to a close friend of her late mother-in-law.
Speaking to Oprah, she says: “I did not know who to turn to.
“One of the people I reached out to, who has been a friend and a confidante, was one of Diana’s best friends.
“Who else could understand what it is actually like on the inside?”
The Duchess of Sussex said they were the only person who could “understand what it’s like from the inside”Credit: AFP – Getty
She didn’t make it clear which friend she was referring to.
Oprah asked the mum-to-be if she ever thought about reaching out to Harry’s family for help.
“No, that was not a conversation that would be had,” Meghan says.
“I guess I was ashamed of admitting it to them. I don’t know whether they’ve had the same feelings or thoughts. It is a very trapping environment they are stuck in.”
And Meghan said when she reached out for help with the Palace’s Human Resources team, she was told because she was not a paid employee, she could not be supported.
Meghan said she felt as though she couldn’t reach out to The Royal Family for helpCredit: CBS / BEEM
One night, while suffering suicidal thoughts, Meghan claimed that she forced herself to go to an event with Harry, 36, – because she felt she couldn’t be left alone, for fear of what she might do.
And she said while the lights were down during the Cirque du Soleil premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in January 2019, she was “weeping” while clutching Harry’s hand until his knuckles were white.
She later said Harry, 36, “saved” her by ultimately quitting the Royal Family.
Harry later added he also went to a “dark place” – revealing he would return home to Meghan crying as she breastfed Archie at their home.
Meghan also said she remembered one conversation about the pressures she was under with someone in the institution who told her “yes it’s terrible” – but that nothing had been done.
Meghan claimed she was suffering suicidal thoughts at the Royal Albert HallCredit: PA:Press Association
You’re not alone
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
The broadcast of the interview for UK viewers on ITV tonight is expected to pull in around seven million viewers.
The figure would be less than a third of the 23 million Brits who watched Princess Diana’s bombshell interview with Martin Bashir in 1995.
The Princess of Wales infamously told Bashir “there was three of us in this marriage” referring to Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.