The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, revealed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday Mar. 7 that life as a working royal left her feeling suicidal.
In the first public interview since she and Prince Harry stepped back from the British royal family, Meghan revealed that the royal family said they did not want to give the couple’s then-unborn child, Archie, a title and expressed concerns to Harry about how dark his skin would be.
She spoke about how she was unable to seek help and said that in 2018, she attended an event against Harry’s advice because she was afraid of what she might do to herself if she were left alone. She said she cried in the royal box at the concert hall and smiled and posed for photos when the lights turned on, CNN reported.
In the wide-ranging interview, Meghan said she did not make Kate Middleton cry, as British media had reported and that the reverse had happened, but Kate “owned it” and apologized.
Joining her in the second half, Prince Harry said he made the decision for them to step back because he was trying to prevent “history repeating itself” but received no help. He said no one in his family spoke out in support of Meghan following the racism she faced from the media.
“Every day I was coming home to Meghan crying and breastfeeding Archie… We did what we had to do,” he said.
“I think he saved all of us,” Meghan said. “He ultimately called it, and was like, we’ve got to find a way for us, for Archie.”
The couple revealed they had secretly married in their backyard three days before the wedding and their second child is a girl.
Meghan said their new life in the US is “just the beginning.”
When Oprah asked her if her story with Harry has a happy ending, Meghan said “[It’s] greater than any fairytale you’ve ever read.”
International suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.