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Prince Harry opened up about dealing with his wife Meghan Markle's suicidal thoughts with Oprah Winfrey.
The Duke of Sussex sat down with the US host again for the new episode of their documentary, The Me You Can't See: The Path Forward, released on Friday, May 28.
The 36-year-old spoke about feeling more confident in how to respond to someone who tells him they are contemplating ending their own life.
Harry said: "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.
"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."
Oprah agreed with the prince that telling someone who is feeling suicidal that 'you are not alone' is the best piece of advice they have learned while filming the mental health series.
He also opened up about feeling 'shame' of "not seeing" how someone was feeling.
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He also said: "As parents, as siblings, certainly from what I’ve learned, there’s an element of shame that we feel because we’re like how could we have not seen it, how did we not know? How did you not feel comfortable enough to come to me and share that with me?”
"But we all know that when people are suffering or people are struggling that we’re all incredibly good at covering it up for those that know that we’re covering it up, and then we’ve got the others who are just not aware of how bad things actually are.”
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It comes after the duke stated in an earlier episode that he did not know hot respond to his wife Meghan Markle telling him she was feeling suicidal when pregnant with their son Archie.
The Duchess of Sussex confessed to her husband she wanted to kill herself shortly before they had to attend an engagement at Royal Albert Hall in January 2019.
Harry revealed: "I'm somewhat ashamed of the way that I dealt with it.
"And of course, because of the system that we were in and the responsibilities and the duties that we had, we had a quick cuddle, and then we had to get changed to jump in a convoy with a police escort and drive to the Royal Albert Hall for a charity event.
"Then step out into a wall of cameras and pretend as though everything's okay."
Harry also said the reason they did the show was to break the stigma around mental health around the world and to start a conversation.
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.
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Royal Family
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