Prince Harry makes mental health confession as he hints at 'celebration' over leaving royal family

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Prince Harry has hinted that his and Meghan Markle's royal family exit amid their mental health struggles was a cause for 'celebration' for the Sussex family.

The Duke of Sussex admitted that those who quit their jobs to focus on their mental health should be celebrated, especially after the pandemic left many "stuck" in jobs that "didn’t bring joy".

This issue is a personal one for the Prince, as he and Meghan Markle stepped back as senior royals and moved to LA, stating their mental health as one of the main reasons for the change, with Meghan opening up on her suicidal feelings during her time in the royal family during her chat with Oprah Winfrey

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020 in London, England.

Prince Harry spoke in a Q/A in his new role as Chief Impact Officer for Mental health company ‘BetterUp’ discussing the rise in job resignations.

Harry said that resignations are not ‘all bad,’ adding, "In fact, it is a sign that with self-awareness comes the need for change.

"Many people around the world have been stuck in jobs that didn't bring them joy, and now they're putting their mental health and happiness first. This is something to be celebrated."

He continued, saying that he wants to see organizations supporting and implementing tools to help employees with their mental wellbeing. 

Prince Harry has been very open with his own mental health struggles, opening up about his ‘unresolved trauma’ in the documentary The Me You Can’t See.

Princess Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry attend the Heads of State VE Remembrance Service in Hyde Park on May 7, 1995 in London, England.

In the documentary, he explained that being followed by the press and the death of his mother, Princess Diana, left him traumatized and constantly fearing that "history would repeat itself" with Meghan.

He said, 'My mother was chased to her death while she was in a relationship with someone who wasn’t white. And now look what’s happened.'

Comparing their media attention, he said of Meghan, 'They’re not going to stop until she dies, it’s incredibly triggering to potentially lose another woman in my life.”

The Prince of Wales with Prince William and Prince Harry outside Westminster Abbey at the funeral of Diana, The Princess of Wales on September 6, 1997.

In their bombshell interview with Oprah back in March, Meghan and Harry delved further into their exit from royal life, revealing that Meghan had actually had suicidal thoughts, and was alleged denied mental health support.

Prince Harry said he feared for Meghan's life and both felt their only option was to leave the Firm and start a new life and new careers in the US.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for and My Imperfect Life.