Prince Harry has made fresh allegations against the royal family in an interview with Oprah Winfrey as their series on mental health launches on Apple TV+, and it appears that his older brother, Prince William, has decided to reach out to him.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, seems to send a message to Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, by saying that the past year has been a struggle for everyone because of the ongoing pandemic that dramatically changed the world and the way of life that humans knew for decades.
The first episode of the series, The Me You Can’t See, which premiered on the 21st of May, included an interview between Oprah Winfrey and the Duke of Sussex. He accused his family of “silence and neglect” when his wife, Meghan Markle, was pregnant with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in 2019.
In the Sussexes’ bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March, Meghan Markle opened up about how she felt suicidal while pregnant and turned to the royal family for help, claiming they ignored her requests.
And now Prince Harry has gone into more detail, saying that Meghan Markle told him about how she planned to end her life but did not go through with it because it would be “unfair” after what Harry had been through with the loss of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997 when he was just 13 years old.
However, the struggles they faced were ignored by the royal family; Prince Harry claimed he would “never be bullied into silence.”
He told Oprah: “Certainly now I will never be bullied into silence. I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence, 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. But Meghan was struggling.”
He added: “That feeling of being trapped within the family, there was no option to leave. Eventually, when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, “You can’t do this,” And it’s like, “Well, how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?”. She [Meghan] was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that.”
The Duke of Sussex said he and his wife spent four years trying to “make it work” at Buckingham Palace and had done everything they could to carry on by the time they decided to step down from their senior roles last year.
Soon after Prince Harry dropped the bombshells, Prince William put on a brave face and even attempted to flash a smile at his first royal engagement of a seven-day tour of Scotland with his wife, Kate Middleton.
The Duke of Cambridge sat down with a group of athletes at the Spartans Football Club’s Ainslie Park Stadium in Edinburgh to talk about mental health.
Prince William explained the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has rattled everyone in ways no one could have imagined.
He said men, in particular, should deal with their mental issues and added: “Young men are really susceptible to serious mental health issues and more likely to bottle it up and not talk about it.”
He also claimed: “Both of you are good listeners. That’s where it starts from. Lockdown has tested everyone in ways we didn’t think they would and taken away coping mechanisms to get through it, and it’s quite difficult.”
The new revelations have prompted comments from royal experts, including biographer Phil Dampier, who believes Prince Harry’s visit to London this summer to unveil a statue of Princess Diana is “in grave doubt” after he confessed that London is a “trigger” for his anxiety.
The new five-part series includes interviews with Oprah Winfrey herself and other celebrities Glenn Close and Lady Gaga, who open up about their struggles with mental health.