Trouble in the Palace?
Elenie Gabrie, reporter
If you’ve been living under a rock, Meghan and Harry, who used to be Duchess and Duke of Sussex, are no longer a part of the royal family. Being a part of the royal family wasn’t the best fit for the couple. After being financially cut off from the royal family, they have decided to pack their bags and move to the states. With another baby on the way, Meghan and Harry have moved to the beautiful city of Santa Barbara in California. Before moving to Santa Barbara, they first started to live in the mansion of Tyler Perry in Los Angeles which is almost a 1-2 hour drive to Santa Barbara. Though being stripped of their royal titles, Meghan and Harry seem to do just fine in the new year. However, you may be wondering why exactly would they leave the beautiful country of England and the countless castles to a mansion in America. Their recent interview on Oprah Winfrey’s show explains parts of the reasons why. The concern for their mental and physical health was more important than being a duke/duchess.
In the Interview, Meghan was introduced and she spoke of her experiences in the royal family with suicidal thoughts and unacceptable racism from members of the royal family. She spoke of her suicidal thoughts while being a duchess and said "I just didn't want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. And I remember how [Harry] just cradled me." Meghan also said, “In those months when I was pregnant... we have in tandem the conversation of, you won't be given security, not gonna be given a title and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born.” Meghan’s son, while she was still pregnant, didn’t have the guarantee of protection and stability like the other children would have in the family because of his possible skin color.
These shocking experiences that Meghan and Harry had to face were primarily the result of them leaving the family and moving to California. Not only was it a beneficial move for Meghan and Harry but their kid Archie and the possibility of other kids in the future and their safety.
If anyone is going through the same situation as Meghan by dealing with racism and suicidal thoughts please believe that you are enough. Junior Sabrina Simon said. “The advice I would give to somebody who has been dealing with suicidal thoughts/attempts would be to go get help. As much as you feel like you may not want to go to therapy or even ask for help, you need it. It’s okay to not be okay, and I feel like that’s one of the main things people need to start normalizing. At the end of the day, you are ENOUGH, and you are loved by so many. And getting that help will help you get back to who you are and you’ll learn more about yourself throughout that journey of self-love.”
Please try to get all the help you need because mental, emotional, and physical health is more important than everything else. Resources you can use or people you can contact can be displayed below.
National Suicide Prevention Lifetime: 800-273-8255 as their phone number and https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ for the website.
The illustration shows the royal castle of England demonstrating the way Harry and Meghan moved out of the royal caste when stepping back from their royal duties and from the royal family totally on January 8, 2020.
Photo Credit: Elenie Gabrie