Meghan didn’t take her life as it would be unfair after Diana’s death, says Harry

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The Duke of Sussex has opened up on a dark period of his and wife Meghan Markle's life which saw her battle "suicidal thoughts" during her pregnancy with now-two year old son Archie.

Prince Harry, 36, spoke out about his wife's mental health struggles, as well as his own, in his new Apple TV+ series with talk show host Oprah Winfrey, called The Me You Can't See.

The Duchess, 39, had revealed during her tell-all interview with Oprah in March that she thought death "would have solved everything for everyone." During the interview, Meghan claimed that she went to "the institution" for help over her suicidal thoughts, but she wasn't allowed to seek therapy or assistance.


Now, Harry has revealed that the only reason Meghan didn't take her own life was because of how "unfair" it would have been on him after losing his mother Princess Diana when he was just 12 years old.

The Princess of Wales was killed at the age of 36 on 31 August 1997 after sustaining injuries during a car crash in Paris.

"The thing that stopped her from seeing it through was how unfair it would be on me after everything that had happened to my mum and to now be put in a position of losing another woman in my life, with a baby inside of her, our baby," he explained in the Apple TV show.


How to watch The Me You Can't See on Apple TV+?

You can watch the new documentary series, produced by Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey, by signing up to Apple TV+ streaming service here. The new show, which will air on May 21, explores mental health and emotional well-being and includes featured interviews from Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, NBA star DeMar DeRozan and others about their experiences.

You can subscribe to Apple TV+ instantly for £4.99 a month or try the free 7-day trial, but remember to cancel before the trial ends to avoid getting charged the full subscription fee. Apple is also giving away Apple TV+ subscriptions for free for one year when you purchase a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV or Mac. Find out more about the offer by visiting tv.apple.com.

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Harry continued: "The scariest thing for her was her clarity of thought. She hadn’t ‘lost it.’ … She was completely sane. Yet in the quiet of night, these thoughts woke her up."

Prince Harry went on to say he felt "somewhat ashamed" by the way he dealt with it, explaining that he felt they should've pulled out of the Royal family but couldn't because of "the system" they were in.

The experience made him realise that he needed to put his wife and unborn child first as he said: “I then had a son who I’d far rather be solely focused on rather than every time I look in his eyes wondering whether my wife is going to end up like my mother and I’m going to have to look after him myself.

“That was one of the biggest reasons to leave, feeling trapped and feeling controlled through fear, both by the media and by the system itself which never encouraged the talking about this kind of trauma.

"Certainly now I will never be bullied into silence.”

The Duke went on to speak about his role within the Royal family and how he tried everything he could to stay within the institution with wife Meghan.

However, when he went to them for help he was turned away as he said: "Every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, to stop just got met with total silence or total neglect.

"We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job."

Adding that he went into "fight or flight mode," Harry said he was "all over the place mentally" and that the ages 28 to 32 were a "nightmare time in my life."

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Harry went on to say: "Towards my late 20s I was starting to ask questions of 'Should I really be here?'. And that was when I suddenly started going: 'You can't keep hiding from this'.

"Family members have said 'Just play the game and your life will be easier'. But I've got a hell of a lot of my mum in me.

"I feel as though I'm outside of the system but I'm still stuck there. The only way to free yourself and break out is to tell the truth."

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

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