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Session 184

In a deeply personal TV interview, The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has said she found life within the British Royal Family so difficult that at times she "didn't want to be alive any more". Neil and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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News Review

Harry and Meghan's interview

The Duchess of Sussex has said she found life within the British Royal Family so difficult that at times she "didn't want to be alive any more".

In a deeply personal TV interview, Meghan told Oprah Winfrey that she did not get help when she asked for it.

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The story

The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that the pressure she felt as a member of the Royal Family affected her mental health so badly that she considered taking her own life.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey on the US network CBS, Prince Harry said that they would not have stepped away from their senior roles if they had received more support.

Key words and phrases

bombshell
describes a shocking event or piece of news

  • It was a bombshell moment when Kazuo told his boss he was quitting just one week before the project finished.
  • Jitka dropped a bombshell when she told her parents she was leaving the country forever.

lays bare
reveals something previously not known

  • He was devastated when she laid bare that her true feelings were for someone else.
  • Scientific data about coronavirus laid bare the need for national lockdowns.

salvo
sudden multiple releases

  • The opposition leader fired a salvo of criticisms at the prime minister.
  • The opening salvo of her speech really caught the audience’s attention. 

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