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In the new series The Me You Can’t See, Prince Harry shares the devastating ways royal life took a toll on him and his wife, Duchess Meghan, when they were working members of the monarchy. What was particularly hard was living under constant media scrutiny and being met with “total silence” from the royal institution when they asked for help.
“The clicking of cameras and the flashes of the cameras makes my blood boil. It makes me angry and takes me back to what happened to my mom and what I experienced as a kid,” Harry says in the show, referencing Princess Diana’s death in a car accident after being chased by paparazzi. “But it went to a whole new depth with not just traditional media, but also social media platforms as well.”
He adds, “I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence or total neglect. We spent four years trying to make it work. … But Meghan was struggling.”
In January 2019, while Meghan was six months pregnant, she shared her emotional turmoil with Harry. As she previously shared in their joint interview with Oprah Winfrey, she was suffering so badly she “didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
“Meghan decided to share with me the suicidal thoughts and the practicalities of how she was going to end her life,” the Duke of Sussex says. “The…