Meghan Markle Opens Up About Her Mental Health Struggles During Her Conversation With Oprah

Caroline Hallemann
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From Town & Country

During her primetime interview with Oprah Winfrey this evening, Meghan Markle opened up about her mental health, and how the institution of the royal family did not get her the help she needed when she was struggling.

"I've never felt this way before, and I need to go somewhere [to get help]," Meghan said, revealing that she was having suicidal thoughts and was thinking of harming herself. "This was very clear and very scary," she says.

"I was told that I couldn't [get help], that it wouldn't be good for the institution," Meghan told Oprah.

"I went to one of the most senior people to get help. And I share this because, there are so many people who are afraid to voice that they need help, and I know how hard it is to not just voice it but to be told no."

So Meghan went to human resources at the Palace. "I said: 'I need help.'"

"[Human resources] said: 'My heart goes out to you because I see how bad it is, but there's nothing we can do to protect you because you're not a paid employee of the institution.' This wasn't a choice, this was emails and begging for help saying very specifically: 'I am concerned for my mental welfare.'"

"Nothing was ever done," Meghan said. "So we had to find a solution." The solution they found, of course, was stepping back from their senior positions in the royal family, and moving to the U.S.

If you or someone you know is at risk, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HOME to 741741 to message with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free.

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