Meghan Markle battled suicidal impulses while she was pregnant with son Archie, reveals Prince Harry

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New Delhi Published: May 24, 2021, 08:54 AM(IST)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with their firstborn Archie Photograph:( Twitter )

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In the recent episode of 'The Me You Can't See' docu series, Harry revealed how his wife Meghan Markle battled and overcame suicidal thoughts

Prince Harry is opening up about his and his family's mental health like never before. In the recent episode of 'The Me You Can't See' docu-series, Harry revealed that how his wife Meghan Markle battled and overcame suicidal thoughts while she was pregnant with their son Archie. 

The Duke of Sussex broke down in an episode of his and Oprah Winfrey produced docuseries which is focused on bringing out mental health and emotional well-being with stories from people around the world. 

Harry has already made several shocking revelations including how he had panic attacks at the age of 12 after his mother- Princess Diana died in a car accident. 

In a recent conversation with Oprah in the series, he told that Markle did not act on suicidal impulses while pregnant with their son because she did not want her husband (Harry) to be hurt by the loss of "another woman" in his life.

"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 said.

Harry further claimed that Markle did not go through with suicide because she did not want the history to repeat itself.

"The scariest thing for her was her clarity of thought. She hadn`t `lost it, she wasn`t crazy, she wasn`t self-medicating, be it through pills or through alcohol. She was absolutely sober. She was completely sane. Yet in the quiet of the night, these thoughts woke her up," the Duke told Oprah.

Harry admitted that he did not seek help from his family as he was ashamed of the situation and knew that the royal family would be unable to help. 

"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" said Harry.

On a related note, the `The Me You Can`t See` series announcement came after Harry and his wife Meghan Markle stepped away from their roles within the royal family and relocated to California in 2020. 

Since then the couple, have pursued many of their ventures jointly, like accepting positions at BetterUp and Aspen Institute.

While promoting his docuseries, Harry had made several shocking revelations about the royal family including criticising his father Prince Charles for his lack of parenting skills; following which the royal aids have been demanding him and Meghan to strip of their titles.

`The Me You Can`t See` is a docuseries co-created by Oprah and Harry, that explores mental health and emotional well-being with stories from people around the world.

Helmed by Academy Award and four-time BAFTA Award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia, the series is co-directed and executive produced by Emmy Award and Spirit Award nominee Dawn Porter.

(With inputs from agencies)

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