Meghan says she contemplated suicide while pregnant with Archie, reveals second child will be a girl

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Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey
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  • Meghan Markle says she was battling with her mental health while she was pregnant with Archie.
  • During her interview with Oprah Winfrey, alongside husband Prince Harry, she said: "I just didn't want to be alive anymore."
  • The couple also revealed they were expecting a girl during the CBS special, which will air on M-Net (DStv 101) on Monday, 8 March at 19:30.


Meghan Markle on Sunday said she contemplated taking her own life after joining the royal family, and raised allegations of racism within the monarchy during an explosive television interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah with Meghan and Harry aired on Sunday, 7 March in the US. South Africans will be able to watch the interview on Monday, 8 March at 19:30 on M-Net (DStv)

Explaining the couple's dramatic exit from royal life, Meghan said she was denied help during her mental health crisis, targeted by lies, and that there was official concern about the skin colour of her unborn son. She went on to welcome Archie in May 2019, and is currently expecting her second child.

"It's a girl!" an excited Harry shared during the tell-all of their daughter expected in the summer.

"Just grateful. To have any child, any one or any two, would have been amazing," he said. "But to have a boy and then a girl, I mean what more can you ask for? Now we've got our family, we got the four of us and our two dogs."

Meghan admitted during the interview, however, that while pregnant with Archie, she felt public scrutiny took its toll on her mental health.

"I... just didn't want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought," she said.

Asked if she was having suicidal thoughts, she replied: "Yes. This was very, very clear."

Meghan opened up about royal "concerns" about "how dark" her son's skin would be, saying Harry revealed to her official concerns over Archie's appearance, as well as the security he would be entitled to, ahead of his birth.

"In those months when I was pregnant... we have in tandem the conversation of 'He won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title' and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born," Meghan said.

Meghan Markle, Oprah Winfrey
Meghan Markle speaks to Oprah Winfrey.

READ MORE | Meghan and Harry on racism, suicide and walking away in their bombshell interview with Oprah

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) can be reached at: 0800 21 22 23 or 0800 456 789 (24 hours, 7 days a week).

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