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London (CNN) – “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
Meghan’s powerfully honest admission in her conversation with Oprah is likely to be as explosive as Princess Diana’s sit-down with the BBC’s Martin Bashir back in 1995 – which helped spark a crisis that took the monarchy years to recover from.
The Duchess of Sussex’s words could potentially be even more seismic than the late Princess of Wales’s because the questions she raises are harder for the palace to answer.
Harry told Oprah: “What I was seeing was history repeating itself, but more, perhaps – or definitely far more dangerous, because then you add race in.”
For Meghan, the feelings of loneliness and isolation that drove her to suicidal thoughts were only compounded when, in her last months of pregnancy, she was told their newborn would not be given a title. Being a prince or princess was of little consequence to couple – except that that withholding a title meant their child wouldn’t have the security that comes with it.
“It’s like, okay, well, he needs to be safe,” Meghan explained. “But if you’re saying the title is what’s going to affect their protection, we haven’t created this monster machine around us in terms of clickbait and tabloid fodder. You’ve allowed that to happen, which means our son needs to be safe.”