Presenter Lorraine Kelly has spoken publicly today on her views regarding Meghan Markle’s admission about struggling with her mental health and says it's “crazy nobody helped” her.
In Tuesday’s episode, Lorraine spoke to royal biographer Andrew Morton and quizzed him on how he thinks the late Princess Diana of Wales would feel about her sons, William and Harry having an evident rift.
With her guidance, Andrew famously wrote Princess Diana’s biography. With his background and personal knowledge of Diana, Andrew spoke openly about how he felt the princess would react to Harry stepping back from his royal duties and the fracture with her son's relationship.
Andrew said: “She'd have been very disappointed in the rift between the two boys.”
In March, ITV aired the much anticipated Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan and Harry, which saw the Duchess of Sussex express her views on her mental health, revealing that she had suffered with suicidal thoughts.
Meghan claimed that she tried to get her help for her mental health but was refused because it “wouldn’t be good for the institution”.
Speaking to Lorraine, Andrew confessed that he was "baffled" by her “sad" disclosure. In Andrew’s latest publication he describes Princess Margaret and even Queen Elizabeth receiving support when they required it.
In his new book, Andrew writes about the unique relationship that sisters Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret share.
Andrew reassured Lorraine that despite many beliefs and scenes that were illustrated in the latest series of Netflix's The Crown, Margaret was able to receive support when she suffered from her own mental health struggles.
Lorraine said: "One of the very interesting things you cover in the book is that [Margaret] had mental health issues, and that she wanted help.”
Andrew then spoke openly about how mental health was treated back then: "It's make do and mend. People didn't talk about mental illness but having said that, Princess Margaret did go for psychological counselling."
He explained: “Even the Queen herself during her annus horribilis had somebody in to help her with breathing and relaxing. So in a funny kind of way, the royal family have had a history of going for help from professional bodies for psychological issues they have faced.”
Lorraine then said she found it “very strange” that Meghan was not offered suitable help after her admission and said it was the “saddest part of the interview.”
The presenter said: "I had no idea, that's extraordinary. I'd never thought of the Queen doing that which makes it seem all the more crazy or difficult to imagine they wouldn't have helped Meghan.
"When Meghan made that cry for help and she said nobody listened to her, it was one of the saddest things about that interview wasn't it?”
Andrew replied: "That was a very sad admission but it left far more questions than answers, especially as Harry is a patron of a mental health organisation, and his godmother Julia Samuel is a well known psychotherapist, she's on speed dial.
He added: ”It left me baffled that assertion."
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