‘I don’t think playing the victim helps’: Mental health charity SANE says Meghan Markle should ‘find ways to live with whatever disability or defect you have’ after telling the Duchess of her suicidal thoughts
- Marjorie Wallace was asked about Meghan as she revealed her suicidal thoughts
- Mental health charity SANE says it doesn’t love ‘the victim’
- Wallace added that she does not “respect” those who “make a profession of victimhood.”
- She made the comments on Rachel Johnson’s Difficult Women podcast this month
Charity and investigative journalist Marjorie Wallace has revealed she doesn’t like a ‘victim’ when asked about Meghan Markle saying she has suicidal thoughts.
The 80-year-old, who founded mental health charity SANE inn 1986, said she did not like to “condemn” anyone, except that she “has no respect for people who take victimhood as a profession”.
Wallace, who made her name with her reporting on the thalidomide scandal, noted that people have to “find ways to live with whatever disability or defect you have.”
The veteran journalist, who has been confident in Earl Snowden for more than 40 years, said that everyone ‘whether lucky or poor’ has problems in their life.
Marjorie Wallace, pictured here at a screening of The Silent Twins in London in December, said she had “no respect for people who take victimhood as a profession”
She made the remarks after she was asked about Meghan Markle revealing she had suicidal thoughts in her Netflix documentary (pictured)
She made the remarks on Rachel Johnson’s Difficult Women podcast, where she discusses her professional and personal life that has made her an activist for people with disabilities and the disadvantaged.
In the podcast, the topic of conversation turned to Meghan Markle and her decision to discuss in her Netflix documentary with Prince Harry that she developed suicidal thoughts as a working member of the royal family.
When asked by Johnson if she thought it wise to reveal this, Wallace said, ‘I don’t like to condemn anyone.
I’ll tell you what I really don’t like, and this has nothing to do with the Netflix series, is that I don’t like Victim and I’ve never played it myself in my life.
Yes, you can go through hard times, and I’ve had tough times with my kids, my life, my divorce — all kinds of awful things.
But I really don’t think playing the victim card helps, no matter what I’ve been a victim of, and I don’t really respect people who make victimhood as a profession.
This is not my stoic philosophy, I believe you have to find ways to live with whatever disability or defect you have. Everyone has it whether they are privileged or poor.
Wallace, who was awarded the CBE Medal in 2008 for her services to mental health care, has been trusted by Antony Armstrong Jones, the first Earl of Snowden for decades.
A tearful Meghan revealed she had suicidal thoughts as a member of the royal family during her interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.
The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah she “can’t be left alone” and told her husband she “didn’t want to be around anymore” before claiming that Buckingham Palace’s human resources department ignored her request for help because she wasn’t “paid for.” employee’.
Meghan first revealed she had suicidal thoughts in her interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021 (pictured)
Describing how she considered ending her own life believing it was ‘best for everyone’, Meghan said: ‘I knew if I didn’t say it, I would. I just don’t want to be alive anymore. And that was always a clear, real, and frightening thought.
I remember how he just hugged me. I said I need to go somewhere to get help. I said I’ve “never felt this way before, and I need to go somewhere”. And I was told that I couldn’t, and that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.
She said that after confiding in her husband, she was forced to go to the Royal Albert Hall for a charity event in January 2019, claiming that the photos from that night ‘haunted’ me.
She told Oprah that she later reached out to one of Diana’s best friends, the Princess of Wales, because she felt unsupported by the palace.
“When I joined that family,” she said, “that was the last time I saw my passport, my driver’s license, my keys—all handed out.” Meghan said Harry “saved my life” by agreeing to move to Los Angeles.