Prince Harry says he’s better positioned to assist people that are opening up about their struggles with suicidal impulses after being able to support his wife Meghan Markle when she battled hers.
The British prince spoke so emotionally about suicide in a town hall with host Oprah Winfrey … which was released as a bonus episode of their Apple TV+ series, “The Me You Can’t See.” It was released Thursday night.
Harry addressed the fear or shame people might be feeling for not seeing that their loved ones were battling these dangerous thoughts or not knowing how to respond to them even when they know.
“So many people are afraid of being on the receiving end of that conversation because they don’t feel like they have the right tools to give the right advice. But what you want to say is ‘You’re there,’ Listen, because listening and being part of that conversation is, without doubt, the best first step that you can take.”
Prince Harry previously said that he didn’t know what to say when Meghan first reported to him that she was contemplating suicide prior to a royal engagement that took place in January 2019.
According to the Mail, Harry said, “I’m somewhat ashamed of the way that I dealt with it.”
“And of course, because of the system that we were in and the responsibilities and the duties that we had, we had a quick cuddle, and then we had to get changed to jump in a convoy with a police escort and drive to the Royal Albert Hall for a charity event,” Harry said.
He added, “Then step out into a wall of cameras and pretend as though everything’s OK,”
However, the then-pregnant Meghan did not hurt herself in any way because she didn’t want her husband to face the loss of another woman in his life, according to Harry.
Prince Harry lost his mother, Princess Diana in a Paris car crash in 1997 when he was only 12 years old.
The Duke of Sussex said, “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.”