Katie Price claims Meghan Markle was banned from 'going to the Priory' by the royal family as it 'wouldn't look good'

KATIE Price has empathised with the Duchess of Sussex over her mental health issues and ongoing public scrutiny.

The 42-year-old mum of five also believed "probably wouldn't have looked good" if Meghan Markle had sought professional help while a member of the Royal Family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made bombshell allegations about the Royal Family during their Oprah interview earlier this month.

The duchess also told how she "didn’t want to be alive anymore" and had suicidal thoughts during her time as a royal – but was not supported by the institution when she begged for help.

"I've been there, I've been there!" Katie admitted.

The star checked into The Priory – a private mental health and addiction hospital in London – in 2020 to help after hitting rock bottom.

"Well I've been through it and I know, and unfortunately mental health is an illness you can't see on the outside, it's on the inside," she said on the "That's After Life! with Dame Esther Rantzen and Adrian Mills podcast.

"She's had character assassination from the media. I've been there, I've been there.

"I still go through it now, just been looking at stories that are absolute rubbish.

"With the Royal family, of course, they have people who put out statements. She probably did ask for help. Probably wouldn't have looked good going to The Priory."

It's not the first time Katie has opened up about her mental health, discussing her suicidal ideations earlier this year.

The 42-year-old star spoke candidly about her mental health battle during a late night appearance on BBC Northern Ireland's Nolan Live.

The former glamour model discussed her 18-year-old son Harvey's complex disabilities, as highlighted in their recent documentary, as well as her mum Amy's terminal illness.

"You just have to get on with it. I went to The Priory last year, because I had a lot of things to deal with, and I think speaking to a therapist just helps you prepare for it," she told host Stephen Nolan.

"I say to anyone out there, if you are suffering with mental health, and this pandemic doesn't help, just talk to someone – if you're feeling low, talk to someone."

Nolan then asked: "Do you mind opening up about your mental health? What was crunch point for you?"

Katie was happy to oblige, and left the presenter shocked as she explained: "I wanted to commit suicide.

"I planned it, I did everything… Everything was on top of me, it was a build up.

"I'm only human, I'm strong but there's only so much you can take and I could have either committed suicide or got help."


EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
  • Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123

Katie explained: "I went to The Priory and booked in and said: 'I don’t want to leave here, I want to be an inpatient, help me to sort out my head, this is my last chance to do it, I don't want to die, I don't want to kill myself, help me'.

"That's why I ended up in The Priory. It was nothing to do with drink or drugs."

Discussing her suicidal thoughts, Katie confessed that she had hit "rock bottom" and that she "wanted to be in a coffin."

Thankfully, getting help put Katie back on track and she is now doing better than ever – loved up with boyfriend Carl Woods, and winning wide-spread praise for her emotional BBC documentary about Harvey in February.

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