Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey have released addition footage on Apple TV+ of their mental health television show, “The Me You Can’t See.” He once again blames his family for all his problems and again goes over his wife, Meghan Markle’s, alleged suicidal ideation.
It raises the question, is Prince Harry a one-trick pony? Is the only thing he can do to build his brand is bash his family and go on and on about his mental health issues?
If it is, then the future he and Meghan are supposedly building will likely lose steam sooner rather than later.
In the 90-minute special, Harry admitted, “So many people are afraid of being on the receiving end of that conversation [from a suicidal person] because they don’t feel like they have the right tools to give the right advice.”
“But what you want to say is ‘You’re there.’ Listen, because listening and being part of that conversation is without doubt the best first step that you can take.”
However, Harry is not a mental health expert, and his advice is subpar at best. A suicidal person doesn’t always share their thoughts. Many times, family members are shocked by a friend or family member’s suicide, and struggle to make sense of what happened.
If a suicidal person does discuss their darkest thoughts, they oftentimes talk around it, saying that the world would be better without them. This occurs in about 50% to 70% of the cases. As WebMd explains, “It may not be an outright threat.”
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention states that a person considering suicide talk about “killing themselves, feeling hopeless, having no reason to live, being a burden to others, feeling trapped, or unbearable pain.”
Yes, people can talk about suicide—however, as Harry tells it, Meghan had already talked herself out of suicide when she mentioned it to her husband, if she was ever going to do it to begin with.
As someone who has recently demonstrated his own stunning lack of intelligence, by calling the rather simple First Amendment of the United States “bonkers,” could he have the emotional intelligence to know whether what Meghan saying was true or a ploy to manipulate her husband into leaving his family and following her to California?
He was also an abject failure in his dealing with Meghan’s supposed tenuous mental health state while pregnant.
Harry said, “I’m somewhat ashamed of the way that I dealt with it.”
“And of course, because of the system that we were in and the responsibilities and the duties that we had, we had a quick cuddle and then we had to get changed to jump in a convoy with a police escort and drive to the Royal Albert Hall for a charity event. Then step out into a wall of cameras and pretend as though everything’s okay.”
Harry, you know as well as anyone else that if Meghan was really that ill, that they could opt out of the event. Perhaps William and Catherine or the Earl and Countess of Wessex could have filled in at the last minute. It happens. Prince William went to Malta on a short royal tour after Catherine was struggling with her pregnancy with Princess Charlotte.
This idea that they had to go to the Royal Albert Hall is a rewriting of history and their perception of the situation in order to serve their current narrative.
Either way, this moaning and complaining is becoming quite annoying, especially as Harry is seemingly constantly changing his story about the couple’s mental health struggles and continuing to bash his family. If Harry wants to grow a strong brand, he has to move beyond his “woe is me” routine into something more substantial.
Otherwise, the small, engaged audience they’ve grown will soon move elsewhere. After a year of lockdowns and a pandemic, people don’t want to hear an incredibly privileged member of the royal family complaining about his lot in life.
Picture from People Magazine.