the Duchess of Cambridge spoke about the struggles pregnant women and new mothers face with their mental health – but has since been criticized for not publicly supporting Meghan Markle when she revealed similar struggles.
In a tweet, Kate Middleton announced on Friday May 6 that she is the new royal godmother of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance – a UK charity which has a network of over 100 organizations committed to providing new and expectant mums with the mental health support they need and also raising awareness of the issue.
“The past two years have reminded us how much we need each other and how vital our relationships are to our long-term health and happiness,” Middleton said in the accompanying video that was released. during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week.
“No one is immune to anxiety and depression,” she added.
“So it’s crucial that anyone who might be struggling receives the right support at the right time.”
While many reacted positively to the news of Middleton’s new role and praised her for raising awareness about mental health during pregnancy, some criticized the Duchess of Cambridge for not publicly supporting her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle when she expressed her mental health issues, Initiatedreported.
In an October 2019 interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby, the reporter asked Markle if she was ‘all right’‘, to which an emotional Markle replied, ‘Yeah, I guess, and also thanks for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay. “
In November 2020, Markle wrote an op-ed for The New York Timesand referenced that exchange where she also revealed she had a miscarriage two months earlier.
Then Markle opened up about her mental health issues in an explosive interview with Oprah last year, where she admitted to having had suicidal thoughts and ‘didn’t want to be alive’ during her first pregnancy with son Archie when she was living in London.
In an effort to get better, Markle claimed she tried to ask the institution for help, but did nothing to support it.
“I went to the institution, and said I needed to go somewhere to get help, that I had never felt like this before, that I needed to go somewhere. And I was told that I couldn’t, that it would be okay, it’s not good for the institution, ”she explained.
Here are some of the reviews people have written about Middleton to reference those events.
While others pointed to a lack of diversity in the announcement video and also noted that postnatal depression or anxiety among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) mothers is 13% more than in white mothers.
In response to Markle’s claims in her interview with Prince Harry’s OprahBuckingham Palace said: “The whole family is saddened to hear how difficult the past few years have been for Harry and Meghan.”
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some memories may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family in private.”
Representatives for the Duchess of Cambridge declined request for comment from indy100 and indy100 also contacted the Maternal Mental Health Alliance for comment.
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