Appearing on This Morning, journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer suggested Markle was “tone-deaf” for discussing her struggles because she’s wealthy.
She said: “I do think multi-millionaires sitting with a billionaire in their multi-million pound mansion complaining about how terrible their life is is tone-deaf, in this day and age when so many people are struggling.”
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In response, Willoughby pointed out that “mental health doesn’t discriminate on how wealthy you are”.
She added: “Haven’t we got past that thought process by now?”
Hartley-Brewer said in reply: “I get it, especially being a mum-to-be in a foreign country and not feeling support from her new in-laws and the palace staff.
“That would have been incredibly difficult… and the fact they weren’t offering her help. I don’t understand why she was not able to get help herself.”
Fellow guest Mathew Wright applauded Willoughby for her response, saying: “I’m very glad that Holly’s pointed out that the wealthy can be affected by negative mental health.”
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