The royal who 'reached out to Meghan Markle to help' is revealed

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A royal insider has claimed a member of the family tried to reach out to Meghan Markle to help but she “didn’t take her up on it”.

Back in March, both Harry and his wife, Meghan, sat down for a tell-all interview with Oprah in which the duchess opened up about her mental health struggles.

The royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony
Sophie Wessex reportedly reached out to Meghan Markle to help. Photo: Getty Images

Meghan said that she felt suicidal while pregnant with the couple's first child, son Archie, and had reached out to palace aides for help to no avail.

She spoke about attending a charity event at Royal Albert Hall immediately after she told her husband about her thoughts of self-harm.

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Yesterday, in an episode of his new mental health documentary with Oprah Winfrey, The Me You Can’t See, Prince Harry said he felt somewhat ashamed” of the way he dealt with it.

"When my wife and I were in those chairs gripping each other's hand the moment the lights go down, Meghan starts crying, I'm feeling sorry for her but I'm also really angry with myself that we're stuck in this situation,” he said of the moment the pair attended an event at the Royal Albert Hall, just after Meghan had revealed her suicidal thoughts to her husband.

"I was ashamed that it got this bad. I was ashamed to go to my family because to be honest with you like a lot of other people my age could probably relate to, I know that I'm not going to get from my family what I need."

The royals at Commonwealth Day service
It's claimed Meghan Markle didn't take her up on her offer. Photo: Getty Images

Now, a source has claimed in an interview with The Sun, that Sophie Wessex, who is married to the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, tried to help the Duchess of Sussex.

“Sophie Wessex reached out to Meghan to help, but she didn’t take her up on it,” the insider claimed.

“The Sussexes had a full household at their disposal with their own team that they chose and hired to help them. No one knew Harry felt this way. He never said so.”

Sophie Wessex has stepped up in her royal duties since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the royal family last year, with a source saying she offered “considerable support” to the Queen after the death of Prince Philip.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend Royal Ascot 2018
Sophie Wessex has stepped up in her royal duties since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the royal family. Photo: Getty Images

"She has had a low profile but she is a senior working member of the royal family,” royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told The Express.

"She and the Queen get on so well and that is very significant.

"A lot of the work she does isn’t well known."

During Prince Harry’s new documentary, he also accused the royal family of “neglect” before he and Meghan Markle moved to the US in 2020.

"Every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, to stop just got met with total silence or total neglect," he said.

"We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job."

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