7. Meghan considered suicide amid public scrutiny of her relationship with Prince Harry and her part in the Royal Family.
Meghan admitted that public scrutiny of her life got so intense, she told her husband — who lost his mother, Princess Diana, in a car crash in 1997 while being pursued by the paparazzi. — she was considering suicide.
She explained: “I was really ashamed to say it at the time, and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry especially because I know how much loss he’s suffered, but I knew that if I didn’t say it, I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore, and that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought.”
Meghan insisted she spoke to an employee of the royal family to see if she could “go somewhere to get help”, and was told it “wouldn’t be good for The Institution”.
She continued: “I went to The Institution and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help. I said I’ve never felt this way before and I need to go somewhere, and I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for The Institution.
“I share this because there’s so many people who are afraid to voice that they need help, and I know personally how hard it is to not just voice it, but when you voice it to be told, ‘No’.”
Meghan also went to “human resources”, and was still told they couldn’t help her.
She added: “I went to human resources, and I was told, ‘My heart goes out for you, because I see how bad it is, but there’s nothing we can do because you’re not a paid employee.’”
Oprah responded, “The way you're describing this, you’re trapped and couldn’t get help, even though you’re on the verge of suicide. That’s what you are describing, that’s what I'm hearing.”
“Yes,” Meghan replied. “That's the truth.”
She continued, “I share this because there's so many people who are afraid to voice that they need help, and I know how hard it is not just to voice it but to be told no.”
8. Meghan was isolated from the rest of the world when she joined the royal family
Until she and Harry stepped away from their royal duties, Meghan said she felt trapped and didn’t have her passport, driver's license or keys.
“When I joined that family, that was the last time — until we came here [in the US] — that I saw my passport, my driver's license, my keys. All that gets turned over. I didn’t see any of that anymore,” she said.
She also wasn’t allowed to meet her friends for lunch because The Firm — the common reference to the royal family in the UK — advised against it. She was told her by them that she was “everywhere” and it was best she kept a low profile. Meghan noted, “I said, ‘I’ve left the house twice in four months.’”