Trigger warning: Suicide and suicide ideation.
Oprah’s interview with Meghan and Harry opened up a hell of a lot of conversations, from institutional racism to the sex of their second baby.
One topic viewers perhaps weren’t expecting was Meghan detailing the depths of her mental health struggle in candid detail. The Duchess said the struggle was so serious that she “didn’t want to be alive anymore.” Meghan also described the time she sought support from “the institution” of the royal family and human resources but was told that it wasn’t possible for her to receive professional help, leaving social media in shock.
Meghan told Oprah: “I was ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry. But I knew that if I didn’t say it – then I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. That was a clear and real and frightening and constant thought.” Continuing to say that she wasn’t given help by the Royal institution: “I thought it (suicide) would solve everything for everyone. I went to Human Resources but they said ‘there is nothing we can do to help you because you are not a paid member of the institution,’ nothing was ever done.”
“It takes so much courage to admit you need help,” said Meghan.
But on Monday’s Good Morning Britain, host Piers Morgan said he “didn’t believe a word” of it – and 40,000 complaints – including one from Meghan herself apparently, rolled in.
Mental Health charity, Mind, said it was “disappointed” by his comments and now thousands of viewers have followed suit making official complaints.
A spokesperson for Ofcom said: “We have launched an investigation into Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain under our harm and offence rules.”
Piers Morgan then announced he will leave Good Morning Britain following the row over Meghan and Harry. In a statement, ITV said: “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain.
“ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
According to the Guardian and The Telegraph, his departure came after ‘a formal complaint was lodged with ITV on behalf of the Duchess after the broadcast’.