Meghan Markle says she ‘didn’t want to be alive anymore’
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Hillary Clinton blasted the Royal Family for not providing Meghan Markle with support after the Duchess of Sussex revealed she struggled with mental health issues and contemplated suicide. Ms Clinton said Meghan was not going to “keep her head down” despite the Royal Family wanting her to. The Former US Secretary of State joins a long line of American commentators and politicians – including President Joe Biden – who have come out in defence of Meghan.
Speaking to The Washington Post, Ms Clinton said: “Their cruelty of (the press) going after Meghan was just outrageous.
“And the fact that she did not get more support and that the reaction was let’s just paper it over and pretend that it didn’t happen and keep your head down.
“Well, this young woman was not about to keep her head down – this is 2021.”
Ms Clinton continued and said that the revelations made by Meghan should change institutions universally in the way they deal with young women.
Ms Clinton also explained: “Every institution has got to make more space and acceptance for young people coming up.
“Particularly young women, who should not be forced into a mould that is no longer relevant, not only for them but for our society.
“And it was heartbreaking to see the two of them sitting there having to describe how difficult it was to be accepted, to be integrated.
“Not just into the Royal Family as they described, but more painfully into the larger societies whose narrative is driven by tabloids that are living in the past.”
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The Democrat politician explained she had her “fair share” of negative time in the press and sympathised with the couple.
She added: “I just hope that there will be some serious thoughtful consideration in all of the institutions, not just in response to what Meghan and Harry were talking about, but literally across all of our societies.
“Why do we make it so hard to incorporate diversity, to celebrate it, to be proud of it.
“(The couple are) not only standing up for themselves and for their children, but they’re really trying to send a message about what institutions, including the one that they were part of, need to do to be more dynamic and forward-looking than they currently are.”
US President Joe Biden also gave his comments on the interview with his press secretary Jen Psaki releasing a statement on his behalf.
She said: “For anyone to come forward and speak about their own struggles with mental health and tell their own personal story, that takes courage and that’s certainly something the president believes.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was also asked his thoughts about the interview.
Mr Johnson said: “I have always had the highest admiration for the Queen and the unifying role that she plays in our country and across the Commonwealth.
“All other matters to do with the Royal Family, I have spent a long time now not commenting on Royal Family matters and I don’t intend to depart from that today.
“I really think that when it comes to matters to do with the Royal Family the right thing for Prime Ministers to say is nothing, and nothing is the thing that I propose to say today about that particular matter.”
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