Jen Psaki Stresses Importance of Talking About Mental Health Following Meghan Markle’s Tell-All Interview
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday commended the courage of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, for sharing her struggles with her mental health in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday.
In many ways, the issues that have plagued Markle since she married Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, are eerily similar to what afflicted the late Princess Diana during her tumultuous marriage to and subsequent divorce from Prince Charles.
Like Diana, the Duchess suffered from crippling depression and displayed suicidal tendencies. She also shared that she was treated more like a prisoner than a titled member of the English Royal Family.
“Well, let me first say that obviously many of us caught the interview as many Americans did any many around the world. Meghan Markle is a private citizen and so is Harry at this point. For anyone to come forward and speak about their own struggles with mental health and tell their own personal story, that takes courage. That is certainly something the president believes, and he has talked about the importance of investing in a lot of these areas that they are committed to in the future as well,” Psaki said.
“We aren’t going to provide additional commentary from here on behalf of the president of others, given these are private citizens sharing their own stories and struggles,” Psaki continued. “And let me just reiterate that we have a strong and abiding relationship with the British people and a special partnership with the government of the United Kingdom on a range of issues, and that will continue.”