Prince Harry hates himself for his reaction to Meghans suicidal thoughts

Prince Harry said he "hates himself" for how he dealt with Meghan Markle's revelation that she had experienced suicidal thoughts.

The second volume of Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan was released this week, and in the episodes Meghan's mum Doria Ragland and Prince Harry speak candidly about the Duchess' suffering.

In episode four of the Netflix docuseries Ragland opened up about Meghan confiding in her about her critical mental health.

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"I remember her telling me that, that she had wanted to take her own life," Ragland said. "That really broke my heart."

Ragland said her daughter's mindset was heavily affected by the "vultures" in the press rounding on her.

"I was devastated," added Prince Harry. "I knew that she was struggling. We were both struggling, but I never thought that it would get to that stage."

"And the fact that it got to that stage, I felt angry and ashamed," he continued. "I didn't deal with it particularly well. I dealt with it as 'institutional Harry' as opposed to 'husband Harry.' And what took over my feelings was my royal role."

"I'd been trained to worry more about what are people gonna think if we don't go to this event, we're gonna be late," he added.

"Looking back on it now, I hate myself for it. What she (Meghan) needed from me was so much more than I was able to give."

Meghan told Oprah Winfrey about her ailing mental health during she and Harry's famous sit down with the US TV legend in March 2021.

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"I was ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry. But I knew that if I didn't say it — then I would do it," she said about her thoughts of self harm. "I just didn't want to be alive anymore."

She claimed that the palace did not respond when she asked for help.

"I wanted to go somewhere to give help, but I wasn't allowed to," said Meghan. "They were concerned about how that would look for the institution."

"They knew how bad it was," added Harry about the royal family's response.

"They thought why couldn't she just deal with it as if to say, 'well, you know, everybody else has dealt with it. Why can't she deal with it?' But this was different. It was really different."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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