Last week, the highly anticipated Oprah interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aired on CBS and it was explosive, to say the least...
But the latest news is that Meghan is apparently considering running for President...
The Oprah interview was explosive...
AND a lot of revelations were made about the couple's experiences with the royal family and how tough things really became for them.
But perhaps the most shocking revelation of them all was Meghan's admittance to having suicidal thoughts...
Which is truly heartbreaking to learn.
Now, many would argue that, since stepping down as senior royals in January 2020, the scrutiny surrounding Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, has intensified to unimaginable levels.
In a joint statement via Instagram, Harry and Meghan announced that they wanted "a normal upbringing for their child" and they felt that spending their time between the U.K. and America would be much more appropriate for their family environment.
Quite understandably, this came as a huge shock worldwide...
As it did to the royal family themselves.
Reports at the time of the announcement claimed that the Queen wasn't notified of Harry and Meghan's plans to step down until after their social media revealation.
Her Majesty published a statement shortly afterward, which read:
"Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through."
But, regardless of the controversy, the couple stuck to their word and made the move to Los Angeles...
Where they remain today in Montecito, Santa Barbara, an area renowned for its secluded hillside estates that promise the utmost privacy and, thus, have attracted a whole host of celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, and Ellen DeGeneres, who all own homes there.
The pair seem to be living the lives they've always wanted in L.A...
Aw! Such incredible news. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting a second baby. Beautiful image. Happy Valentine’s Day all! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3v0M3NtHQy— Sarah Packer (@Sarah_EmilyP) February 14, 2021
And to make things even more exciting, they announced on Valentine's Day that they are expecting their second child together with this highly-publicized photoshoot.
But despite the big move and step down, the couple still weren't content with their roles in the British monarchy...
So, last month, they announced that they would officially not be returning as working members of the royal family.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said the royals were "saddened by their decision" but that Harry and Meghan "remain much-loved members of the family."
"Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service," the statement read.
"The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family."
Predictably, the announcement triggered a media storm...
I'm a Commonwealth citizen - old enough to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh awards & wave a Union Jack. I'm young enough to see my country become a Republic. Meghan & Harry look like the Commonwealth. They are young, vibrant. This is the Royal Family's loss.— Ceci (@cecijande) February 19, 2021
And among all of the love and support came the negativity and surges of criticism.
In the weeks following their dramatic departure, the couple remained relatively under the radar...
Until Harry took part in a widely televised interview with friend and host, James Corden, for The Late Late Show.
Here, Harry revealed - for the first time - the reason he and Meghan stepped away from the royal family.
When asked, "what made you walk away from the royal family?", Harry politely corrected him by saying, "I didn't walk away."
"It was stepping back rather than stepping down. It was a really difficult environment that I think a lot of people saw... we all know what the British press can be like! And it was destroying my mental health, I was like 'this is toxic!'"
"I did what any husband and father would do."
"I needed to get my family out of there!" he then said.
"But we never walked away. And as far as I'm concerned whatever decisions are made on that side, I will never walk away. I will always be contributing but my life is public service, so wherever I am in the world it's going to be the same thing."
"My life is always going to be about public service and Meghan signed up for that."
"The 2 of us enjoy doing that and trying to bring compassion and try to make people happy, and try to change the world in any small way we can," he explained.
Following this groundbreaking interview, it was then announced that the couple had sat with their friend and broadcasting giant, Oprah Winfrey, for a tell-all interview.
Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special will air on Sunday, March 7 at 8 P.M. EST on CBS. pic.twitter.com/XEa7GZ1hVA— Duchess Meg (@duchessmegfan) February 15, 2021
The interview aired on CBS last night at 7 pm.
But over the last few weeks, in typical Oprah fashion, small snippets of the 2-hour long interview were teased...
Which had been driving the internet, royalists, and fans of the couple crazy.
Well, the moment that the entire world has been waiting for came last night...
The interview was finally aired on CBS and, of course, it triggered a storm that nobody quite expected.
Meghan made some mind-blowing allegations against the royal family...
But perhaps the most shocking of them all was her admitting to struggling with her mental health and "feeling suicidal" during her pregnancy with Archie.
People have been left feeling not only heartbroken over Meghan's struggles...
British people be like "be kind" then bully Meghan markle whos pregnant and suffered from a miscarriage and spoke on thoughts of suicide. pic.twitter.com/0PTYm264Tl— ' (@leighzmani) March 8, 2021
But also furious with both the monarchy and the continuing criticism and attacks that are being made against Meghan.
The UK press have hounded several people to suicide in the past few years, it is no surprise Meghan Markle has been hounded the same way. Today it’ll be even worse, because every single news institution in the UK is vapid, awful and unashamedly racist. 🤷🏻♂️— NoodleHouse🏳️🌈 (@NoodleHouseAlex) March 8, 2021
tw // suicide— this is agapé trying! (@agapethamar) March 8, 2021
the absolute gall and audacity of prince william and kate to mark themselves as mental health ambassadors but then stay silent when meghan markle voiced she had suicidal thought bcoz of the ongoing bullying. like the call is literally coming from inside the house.
Meghan Markle has been dragged to contemplating suicide by the British media and the British public and Piers Morgan the absolute bellend has the audacity to say he doesn't believe her— alex☃️ (@l3velofconc3rn) March 8, 2021
I cannot put into words how much I despise this country
meghan markle ’s interview exposed the truth about the monarchy, a shadowy institution shrouded in secrecy despite supposedly embodying the nation. but also currently exposing everyone who doesn’t care about either racism or suicide.— jehn (@nkosi_jennifer) March 8, 2021
I’m so proud of #MeghanMarkle for sharing such a powerful account of her experience. Especially the part about suicide, I felt that so much and wanted to cry... I’ve been there and it’s hard to talk about.— RyeBread (@RyeAirall) March 8, 2021
She’s such a beautiful woman inside and out. Oh and Harry is awesome too!
Meghan Markle was SUICIDAL and the royal family DENIED her mental health treatment, but she persevered and her openness will SAVE LIVES. 🙏🏽— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) March 8, 2021
Every 40 seconds, a person dies by suicide
Meghan Markle’s interview hasn’t just exposed the truth about the monarchy, a shadowy institution shrouded in secrecy despite supposedly embodying the nation.— Owen Jones 🌹 (@OwenJones84) March 8, 2021
It’s currently exposing everyone who doesn’t care about either racism or suicide.
So #misogynoir almost cost Meghan Markle her life. She thought of dying by suicide because of the misogynoir she was experiencing. She has all the class and color privilege and still felt this way. Think about the reality for other Black women.— moyazb (@moyazb) March 8, 2021
Meghan opened up about how her mental health took a nosedive during her pregnancy with Archie in 2019.
"I just didn't see a solution," she said candidly during the chat, discussing the mental health toll of the vitriol that was thrown her way.
"Look, I was really ashamed to have to say [I was suicidal] 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 that I would do it."
"I just didn't want to be alive anymore."
"It takes so much courage to admit you need help," she then added, "to admit how dark of a place you're in."
Meghan then claimed that the royal family - in particular the senior members - didn't do anything to help with her declining mental health.
"[Going to a hospital] is what I was asking to do, I was told I couldn't because it wouldn't be good for the institution."
She then said she felt so low at one point that she told Harry that she could not be left alone because she was afraid she might harm herself.
Meghan described a particularly distressing time when she was attending a concert with her husband at the Royal Albert Hall.
"We had to go to this event after I told Harry I didn't want to be alive anymore. In the pictures, I see how tightly his knuckles are gripped around mine," she said.
"We are smiling, doing our job. In the Royal Box, when the lights went off, I was just weeping."
You can watch a snippet of the interview here:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is here 24/7 to provide free and confidential support for people in distress and who are experiencing these kinds of issues: 1-800-273-8255.