Diana’s biographer reveals you’re ‘not allowed’ to be depressed in the Royal Family

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Princes Diana’s biographer has made claims that depression is ‘not allowed’ within the Royal Family.

Andrew Morton, who wrote the blockbuster 1992 biography Diana: Her True Story, made a hit at the institution about their attitude towards mental health.

Morton’s claims come shortly after Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey during their TV interview that she had been feeling suicidal.


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The accusation was made as Andrew explored the relationship of Queen Elizabeth and her late sister Princess Margaret in his latest book Elizabeth & Margaret: the Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters.

“Let’s face it, Margaret had depression and in the Royal Family you are not allowed to be depressed,” the royal biographer wrote quoting the words of Margaret’s friend Colin Tennant. “In her circle, you didn’t mention the word.”

Another friend added: “No one is allowed to be ill in that family. But the family’s lack of understanding is making the princess’s moods even blacker.

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“They lived in a world where illness was dealt with by going for a long walk – and mental illness was ignored,” Andrew explained. “As with the Queen’s approach to central heating – ‘if you are cold, put on a sweater’ – her response to sickness, especially her sister’s, was brisk and no-nonsense.”

Morton went on to compare the palaces lack of understanding towards the mental wellbeing of Margaret to that of Meghan Markle and her late mother-in-law Diana.

“A generation later, Princess Diana experienced similar uncomprehending indifference when she suffered from the eating disorder bulimia nervosa,” he said. “And yet another generation on, Meghan Markle would dramatically accuse the Royals of being equally indifferent to her own struggle with suicidal feelings and alleged racism.”

The author also compared Margaret’s marriage to Antony Armstrong to that of Meghan and Harry’s, saying: “Decades before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were flagbearers of the progressive and global, Margaret and Tony established themselves as Britain’s hippest couple, peerless representatives of the Swinging Sixties and proof the Monarchy could be both traditional and modern.”

Morton penned the mid-1960’s as another blow for the Queen’s younger sister as her marriage fell apart.

“Over Christmas in 1966, friends observed that the Princess was smoking and drinking excessively,” he revealed. “‘Melancholic and despairing, she took to telephoning her friends in the dead of night.”

It was the following year that Andrew says Margaret was admitted to hospital in London after a reported overdose.

“Although supposedly there for a ‘check-up’, rumours circulated that the Princess had made a cry for help by overdosing on pills and alcohol,” he said. “The previous weekend, Margaret had phoned a friend while he was hosting a party, threatening that if he did not check on her immediately, she would throw herself from her bedroom window.

“The friend frantically phoned Elizabeth at Sandringham, who replied calmly: ‘Carry on with your house party. Her bedroom is on the ground floor.’” Morton finished.

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