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Serena Williams ‘so proud’ of Meghan after Oprah interview

Serena Williams ‘so proud’ of Meghan after Oprah interview

Serena Williams heaped praise on the Duchess of Sussex for being so strong after Meghan discussed the racism she experienced, being pregnant with her baby daughter and her own dark thoughts as she navigated through royal life in the tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday.

Serena wrote on Instagram: “I am so proud of you for being so brave. I know it is never easy. You are strong — both you and Harry. I love you. I adore you. Your friend S.”

In a more lengthy response, Serena paid tribute to the Duchess of Sussex for speaking with “empathy and compassion” and praised her for “teaching” her every day “what it is to be noble”.

Serena shared on Instagram: “Meghan Markle, my selfless friend, lives her life – and leads by example – with empathy and compassion. She teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble. Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she experienced.

“I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of colour minimise us, to break us down and demonise us. We must recognise our obligation and decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism.”

The American tennis icon also spoke of the devastating mental health consequences of systemic oppression and victimisation.

“I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect. Keep in your memory the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

MEGHAN HAD SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

After facing a battering from the tabloid press, Meghan – the Duchess of Sussex – believed she would be ‘better off dead’ to protect the Royal institution. Her claims may have been shocking, but they pale in comparison with the alleged response from monarchy officials. According to the ‘then suicidal’ 39-year-old, her desperate pleas fell on deaf ears.

Meghan told Oprah Winfrey, in an exclusive interview, that she made it clear to Palace representatives she was feeling suicidal, as the constant glare of the media spotlight crushed both her and Prince Harry. However, she was denied any sort of support because the Royal spouse ‘was not classified as a paid member of the family’.

It’s understood that Meghan was left feeling helpless, and ‘nothing was ever done’ to address her seriously stricken mental state. According to the American, senior people were more interested in protecting their own image.

“I went to one of the most senior people to get help. I was told I couldn’t because it wouldn’t be good for the institution. I thought it my 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.”

Both Prince Harry and his brother William have been campaigning for greater awareness about mental health issues – so these revelations will come as a massive blow to a family that wants to appear sympathetic and understanding on these matters. Meghan, meanwhile, revealed she thought about ending her own life ‘constantly’.

“I… just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. Yes, I was having suicidal thoughts. This was very, very clear. I’m scared, because this is very real. This isn’t some abstract idea. This is methodical, and this is not who I am.”

HARRY AND MEGHAN TALK TO OPRAH: NINE BOMBSHELL QUOTES

WHAT MEGHAN TOLD OPRAH…

MEGHAN WANTED TO COMMIT SUICIDE

“I… just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. Yes, I was having suicidal thoughts. This was very, very clear. I’m scared, because this is very real. This isn’t some abstract idea. This is methodical, and this is not who I am.”

SHE WAS THEN DENIED HELP ‘BECAUSE IT’D LOOK BAD’

“I went to one of the most senior people to get help. I was told I couldn’t because it wouldn’t be good for the institution. I thought it my 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.”

ROYAL FAMILY ‘CONCERNED ABOUT COLOUR OF ARCHIE’S SKIN’

“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.”

KATE MIDDLETON ‘MADE MEGHAN CRY’

“Everyone in the institution knew it wasn’t true that I had made Kate cry. In fact, the reverse happened. Kate was upset about something, but she owned it, and she apologized. A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something pertaining – yes, the issue was correct – about flower girl dresses, and it made me cry, and it really hurt my feelings.”

ROYALS ‘LIE TO PROTECT OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY – BUT NOT ME’

“I was subject to a real character assassination. I came to understand that not only was I not being protected by the Royal Family, but that they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family.”

WHAT HARRY TOLD OPRAH…

HARRY ‘LET DOWN’ BY FATHER PRINCE CHARLES

“My family literally cut me off financially in the first quarter of 2020. I have got what my mum left me. I think my mum saw it coming. And I felt my Mum’s presence through this process. There’s a lot to work through there, you know? I feel really let down [by my father Prince Charles], because he’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like.”

THEY ARE ALL ‘TRAPPED BY THE MONARCHY’

“My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that. I wouldn’t have left the Royal Family if I hadn’t met Meghan – because I was trapped in the system of the monarchy.”

ROYALS ‘SCARED OF BRITISH PRESS’

“There was an opportunity, many opportunities, for my family to show support… No one from my family said anything. My family is, I suppose, ‘scared’ of the British tabloid press. I am acutely aware how scared my family is that the tabloids will turn on them”.

HARRY AND WILLIAM RIFT STILL IN PLACE

“The relationship is one of ‘space at the moment’ between me and William – and time heals all things hopefully. We have been through hell together. We are own different paths.”


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