With so many people being affected by mental health issues, hearing that celebrities and royalty are also mere mortals who want to be upfront and honest about their own struggles, is uplifting for many of us, as they shine a beacon of hope, and make mental health more mainstream and accepted.
Two of those people are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the dynamic duo who make headlines with what ever they do, and where ever they go.
Instinctively, we all know that bottling things up inside, is not doing us any good, yet some of us do it for many years. – And instead of being free from our emotional baggage, which as time moves on, often gets heavier, we hull it around with us day in and day out, as though we are carrying a stash of gold bars that we cannot let go of.
Keeping a Stiff Upper Lip Won’t Help Anyone
Many people have been taught that we should keep various issues to ourselves, just put up a facade, and as the British would say: keep a stiff upper lip. In a recent interview, Meghan Markle, who is a newbie at learning royal traditions, said that she tried this: “but it isn’t for her and she advised Prince Harry of the dangers of it as well, fearing the damaging way it could impact their mental health. In discussing how they deal with the all the criticism, Markle admitted: “I’ve said for a long time to H — that’s what I call him — it’s not enough to just survive something, right? That’s not the point of life. You’ve got to thrive. You’ve got to feel happy and I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried, I really tried”.
Markle also stated that: “burying emotions, isn’t advisable”, and noted: “but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging”. And it seems that most mental health experts would probably agree with her perspective. Fortunately, the younger royals, namely Megan Markle and Prince Harry, and Kate Middleton and Prince William, have taken an active role in promoting the best ways to deal with mental health.
This is very admirable, particularly, as Prince Harry has shown his vulnerability by recently breaking down and bursting into tears at one ceremony; and taking part in a video talking about his personal mental health struggles after the tragic loss of his beautiful mother, the Queen of People’s Hearts, Princess Diana. – A time when as a small boy, he also had to put on a stiff upper lip, and show little emotion. No doubt, this has festered over time, and now with the added scrutiny of his work, and his memories of how the press treated his mother, he does not seem to be coping. On top of this, his wife has admitted her stress, and victimization, so although she is a rock to Prince Harry, she also has to fight her own emotions to stay strong. The general public have never seen Prince Harry like this before, and there are mixed feelings as to whether or not he should have kept everything inside. But have those making harsh judgments found a better solution?