A Royal Rundown of Meghan Markle’s Accomplished Life

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On Sunday, March 7, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and prominent members of the British royal family — joined Oprah Winfrey for an interview that sparked "explosive revelations about the couple and their fraught relationship" with the U.K. monarchy. During the interview, the couple, both of whom have been longtime advocates for destigmatizing mental health conditions and improving access to mental health care, openly discussed topics like suicide, the "relentless racist attacks" Meghan was subjected to and the lack of familial support that ultimately led the couple to step back from their roles as senior royals.

The information revealed in the interview was shocking and unexpected, but it ultimately highlighted the importance of what Harry and Meghan have been drawing attention to for years: the increasing need for racial justice, social support and improved access to mental health resources — along with more of those resources in general. The couple’s openness in talking about their mental health struggles is encouraging. But they’re no strangers to raising awareness, participating in activism and navigating complicated familial situations — as Meghan’s pre-royal life demonstrates.

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