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Meghan Markle
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Meghan Markle

Duchess of Sussex, activist

Sector:CommunityAge: 40Montecito, Calif.

Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah did more than just expose the racism of the British monarchy and media; her frank and honest discussion about depression and suicidal thoughts helped spark a larger conversation around mental health.

In March, the world sat riveted as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry revealed to Oprah the realities of life behind the walls at Buckingham Palace. Instead of a fairy tale, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex exposed how the racism of the Royals and the British media nearly drove Meghan to ending her life. Her open discussion with Oprah about the depression and suicidal thoughts she experienced during her pregnancy was seen by health experts as a positive step toward normalizing these conversations in everyday life. Now, she and Prince Harry are using their considerable influence to continue to advocate for mental health, including the release of a documentary series on mental health and wellness with Oprah on Apple TV+. While Markle may not have gotten the fairytale life she imagined, she is working to ensure that anyone facing mental health issues lives happily ever after.

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