In the explosive chat, which aired in the US on Sunday, the Duchess of Sussex revealed she considered taking her own life when she was pregnant with her son Archie due to attacks about her in the media.
As UK viewers wait to watch the interview tonight on ITV, panelist Meghan McCain revealed how she could relate with Markle following her struggle with ‘leaks’ to the media.
She stated: ‘One of the other points that I thought was particularly heartbreaking and poignant was her talking about how she wasn’t protected and that the leaks internally from Buckingham Palace that were used to specifically paint her out to be a villain and make her look bad.’
‘I want to say something, and I want this to be interpreted the right way: in no way am I comparing any of my life experience to Meghan Markle’s. She experienced something that had egregious racism and happened on a global stage, and she was a complete cultural paradigm shift for the U.K.’
The former Fox News personality then continued: ‘But I do know what it feels like to be on a TV show or a political campaign where people are leaking stories about you with the sole intention to make you look bad, and let me tell you, it’ll do a number on your mental health like you can’t believe.’
Meghan McCain revealed how she can sympathise with Meghan Markle (Picture: ABC)
Speaking to Oprah, Markle had stated that the royal family – who she calls ‘the firm’ – were ‘perpetuating falsehoods about us’, and last week saw the duchess accused of bullying staff during her time at Kensington Palace just before a teaser clip of her claim was shown.
McCain – the daughter of late politician John McCain – went on to say that level of coverage does ‘make you feel isolated’, adding that there’s a ‘specific way that women are abused in the media’ while highlighting Markle and Britney Spears as notable examples.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t hold back in a candid interview with Oprah Winfrey as they claimed ‘The Firm’ leaked false claims about her (Picture: CBS)
She noted that she has ‘never been in a place where [she] contemplated suicide’ as she mused: ‘When you are in places — whether it be work or a family like the royal family — and you are not protected, and people are trafficking in gossip with the intention to make you look bad and hurt your reputation, I can see how they felt like there was no other option for them and their family to put them in a safe space.’
‘I think we need to reassess what is allowed in different places, and what is considered abuse,’ the conservative View host declared.
The View hosts shared their thoughts about the shocking tell-all interview (Picture: ABC)
She explained: ‘I can see how they felt like there was no other option for them and their family to put them in a safe space specifically when she was pregnant and she had a new, young child.
‘I just hope it makes us reassess who we are, both globally and in America, about how we treat women that are on stages. And what is legally allowed when it comes to falsehoods and leaking. That’s what I thought yesterday.’
In the revelatory Oprah interview, Meghan also claimed a member of the family ‘raised concerns’ about ‘how dark’ her son Archie’s skin would be.
The Oprah interview, which originally aired on CBS, will be shown on ITV at 9pm tonight in the UK.