Meghan Markle said she wants others to take "courage" from her mental health struggles.
The Duchess of Sussex made the comments at the Ripple of Hope Awards Gala in New York on Tuesday night (December 6), where she and Prince Harry scooped up the Robert F. Kennedy award for standing up to "structural racism" in the Royal Family.
"We all need to, when we can, if we feel brave enough, just speak honestly about your own experience," Meghan said as the pair accepted the prize.
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"It gives other people space and the courage to do the same, but more than that to really feel like you're not alone, because I think that is often what can be the largest hindrance when you feel that way, you don't see a way out."
Meghan admitted she was initially "ashamed" to confess her feelings, particularly to Harry, who she said had suffered serious loss throughout his life.
But, she said, not opening up about her difficulties would only make things worse.
"I knew that if I didn’t say it, then I would do it," she said. "I just didn’t want to be alive anymore."
The former Suits star said she has since come out the other side and found her "happy ending", and hopes that revealing her struggles will help others face up to the difficulties they may be facing.
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"Ultimately, if you feel like there's someone else that has a lived experience, they've gotten to the other side, and gave example of resilience, an example of 'there is a happy ending', I think that's what most people are probably seeking out in those moments," she said.
"And that's why I made the decision to just say 'if my experience can help someone else not feel the same way or know that there's hope then it's worth every second of whatever comes with it.'"
Meghan first opened up about her mental health struggles during the Sussexes' bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, which also saw the pair make their first claims about structural racism in the Royal Family.
The pair said a senior royal had made comments about the skin tone of their unborn child, Archie, when Meghan was pregnant.
The Duchess said there were "concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born," and when Oprah asked whether the worries were about whether the boy would be "too brown", she responded: "If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one."
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The interview and bombshell claims that have followed, including those made in the trailers for the couple's upcoming Netflix series, have caused a stir in the palace and have ensured tensions remained high between the Sussexes and their royal relatives.
John F Kennedy's niece Kerry Kennedy, who hosted Tuesday's awards ceremony, commended the pair's stance against the royals and praised them for taking action despite knowing they would be ostracised.
Previous winners of a Ripple of Hope award have included the current US President Joe Biden, ex-Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and former Democratic contenders Hilary Clinton and Al Gore.
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