There were many bombshell revelations during Oprah Winfrey’s two-hour-long interview with Meghan and Harry, the Duchess and Duke of Sussex, on Sunday night, and one of the most shocking was when Meghan described going to Buckingham Palace for help when she started to have suicidal thoughts and being rebuffed by the staff there.
“I was told that I couldn’t [get help], that it wouldn’t be good for the institution,” Meghan told Winfrey. “I went to one of the most senior people to get help. And I share this because, there are so many people who are afraid to voice that they need help, and I know how hard it is to not just voice it but to be told no.”
But she did find solace in one of Princess Diana’s close friends. “One of the people I reached out to was one of my husband’s mom’s best friends, one of Diana’s best friends,” she told Winfrey, adding, “Because it’s, like, who else could understand what it’s actually like on the inside?” The person was not named but some have speculated it was Julia Samuels, a psychotherapist who was a good friend of Diana’s and who remains close to both Prince William and Harry. She is also godmother to William’s son, Prince George.
Diana was mentioned several times during the interview, including by Harry, who said, “I think she would feel very angry with how this has panned out and very sad, but ultimately, all she’d ever want is for us to be happy,” he told Winfrey of his and Meghan’s decision to step back from their working royal roles.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement this afternoon on behalf of the Queen about the interview, which read in full: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”