Prince William's 'stiff upper lip' defence revealed after Meghan Markle dubs it 'damaging'

Express 1 month ago

In an extraordinary ITV documentary that aired on Sunday, Meghan Markle opened up about her struggle as a member of the Royal Family. Interviewed during their recent royal trip to southern Africa by broadcaster Tom Bradby, the Duchess admitted that, alongside her husband Prince Harry, she is finding the media scrutiny difficult to the point that she is not living but just "existing”. Addressing the widespread criticism the couple faced this summer, Meghan said: "I've said for a long time to H – that's what I call him – it is not enough to just survive something, right?

"That's not the point of life. You've got to thrive.

"You've got to feel happy and I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried, I really tried.

"But I think what that does internally is probably really damaging."

It is not the first time a member of the Royal Family has talked about the “stiff upper lip” – an idiom which has become synonymous with British culture.

While it is a stereotype that can hardly be applied to a whole nation, someone who keeps a stiff upper lip is someone displays fortitude and stoicism in the face of adversity.

Prince William defended "the stiff upper lip" in a throwback interview
Prince Harry during the ITV documentary

Queen Elizabeth II, a stern and serious figure, has always maintained a strict “stiff upper lip” policy during her reign, and it has been widely adopted by other members of the royal household.

In 2017, during an interview with a magazine produced by the charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm), Prince William defended the “attitude”, claiming that there might be “a time and place for it”.

However, like Meghan, the future King also noted it should not be at the expense of people’s health.

The interview came a day after his brother, Prince Harry, revealed he had counselling for years after the death of their mother.

Meghan Markle during the ITV interview
Queen Elizabeth II, a stern and serious figure, has always maintained a policy of “stiff upper lip

The Duke of Cambridge told CALMzine: "Catherine and I are clear we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings.

"Over the past year we have visited a number of schools together where we have been amazed listening to children talk about some quite difficult subjects in a clear and emotionally articulate way, something most adults would struggle with.

"Seeing this has really given me hope things are changing and there is a generation coming up who find it normal to talk openly about emotions."

He added: "The recent interview by Stormzy about his depression was incredibly powerful and will help young men feel that it's a sign of strength to talk about and look after your mind as well as your body.

Prince William is said to be worried about his brother

"There may be a time and a place for the 'stiff upper lip', but not at the expense of your health."

Following the revelations him and Meghan made in the documentary, Prince William is said to be "worried" about his brother.

A Kensington Palace source claimed the Duke hopes they both "alright".

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