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Prince Harry Shares What Meghan Markle's Struggles Taught Him About Supporting People with Suicidal Thoughts

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Prince Harry is continuing his candid conversations with Oprah Winfrey about mental health.

Following the successful premiere of his and Oprah's Apple TV+ docuseries The Me You Can't See, the royal appeared alongside other participants from the series (including Glenn Close, Zak Williams, Ambar Martinez and others) in a new companion episode called The Me You Can't See: A Path Forward.

During the series, Harry discussed several topics related to mental health, including his experience with panic attacks, beginning therapy, and coping with the loss of his mother, Princess Diana. In one of the most candid moments in the series, the Duke of Sussex opened up about seeking help from the royal family when his wife, Meghan Markle, was experiencing suicidal thoughts.

"I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever, it is just got met with total silence, total neglect," he said. "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."

In the new episode, Harry discussed what Meghan's struggles during her time in the royal family taught him about supporting a loved one experiencing suicidal thoughts.

"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," he explained, according to People. "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."

If you or someone you know is in emotional crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HELLO to 741741.

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