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Hugh Jackman praises ‘courageous’ Meghan and Harry after Oprah interview

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Hugh Jackman has praised Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s ‘courageous’ interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Oscar-nominated actor, 52, took to Instagram on Monday to share his thoughts on Meghan’s revelation that she considered taking her own life when she was pregnant with her son, Archie.

Hugh also took the opportunity to direct his fans to seek help for mental illness from charities like his own Gotcha 4 Life.

Impressed: Hugh Jackman praised Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's 'courageous' interview with Oprah Winfrey in a heartfelt Instagram post on Monday

Impressed: Hugh Jackman praised Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's 'courageous' interview with Oprah Winfrey in a heartfelt Instagram post on Monday

Impressed: Hugh Jackman praised Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s ‘courageous’ interview with Oprah Winfrey in a heartfelt Instagram post on Monday

The Sydney-born star said: ‘I recommend Oprah’s interview with Meghan and Harry, which Deb [wife Deborra-lee Furness] and I, and millions of people around the world, watched last night, with astonishment.

‘Because there we were, watching an incredibly high-profile woman, and her husband, speak so openly, courageously, honestly, with such dignity about the hardest time in their life and their cry for help.

‘And I sit on the board of Gotcha 4 Life, an organisation in Sydney that deals with this issue of suicide, as well as mental fitness, and last night I thought everyone needs to see this, because it is such an incredible example to never worry alone.’

‘Seek help, and if you’re not getting help where you’re looking for it, keep looking. Go somewhere else, because there is always help. So never worry alone,’ he added.

‘And I just want to say thank you Meghan, thank you Harry, for your courage.’

Important: The Oscar-nominated actor took to Instagram to share his thoughts on Meghan's revelation that she considered taking her own life when she was pregnant with her son, Archie

Important: The Oscar-nominated actor took to Instagram to share his thoughts on Meghan's revelation that she considered taking her own life when she was pregnant with her son, Archie

Hugh, 52, also took the opportunity to direct his fans to seek help for mental illness from charities like his own Gotcha 4 Life

Hugh, 52, also took the opportunity to direct his fans to seek help for mental illness from charities like his own Gotcha 4 Life

Important: The Oscar-nominated actor took to Instagram to share his thoughts on Meghan’s revelation that she considered taking her own life when she was pregnant with her son, Archie

Pictured: Prince Harry (left) and Meghan Markle (right) in their sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday night and in Australia on Monday

Pictured: Prince Harry (left) and Meghan Markle (right) in their sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday night and in Australia on Monday

Pictured: Prince Harry (left) and Meghan Markle (right) in their sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday night and in Australia on Monday

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Jen Psaki also praised the Sussexes’ ‘courage’ for their prime-time interview with Oprah.  

‘For anyone to come forward and speak about their own struggles with mental health and tell their own personal story, that takes courage and that’s certainly something the president believes,’ Psaki replied when asked if President Joe Biden had any reaction to the interview. 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about Harry and Meghan's blockbuster interview with Oprah Winfrey and Monday's press briefing

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about Harry and Meghan's blockbuster interview with Oprah Winfrey and Monday's press briefing

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about Harry and Meghan’s blockbuster interview with Oprah Winfrey and Monday’s press briefing 

Psaki also pointed out that both Meghan and Harry are private citizens. 

‘We aren’t going to provide additional commentary from here on behalf of the president or others given these are private citizens, sharing their own story and their own struggles,’ the press secretary said. 

‘And let me just reiterate that we have a strong and abiding relationship with the British people and a special partnership with the government of the United Kingdom on a range of issues and that will continue,’ she added. 

Prince Harry (left) sits with Dr. Jill Biden (right), who was then the second lady, at an Invictus Games event in 2014

Prince Harry (left) sits with Dr. Jill Biden (right), who was then the second lady, at an Invictus Games event in 2014

Prince Harry (left) sits with Dr. Jill Biden (right), who was then the second lady, at an Invictus Games event in 2014 

President Joe Biden (left) and first lady Jill Biden (center left) appear alongside Prince Harry (right) at the Invictus Games in Toronto in 2017

President Joe Biden (left) and first lady Jill Biden (center left) appear alongside Prince Harry (right) at the Invictus Games in Toronto in 2017

President Joe Biden (left) and first lady Jill Biden (center left) appear alongside Prince Harry (right) at the Invictus Games in Toronto in 2017 

Both the president and first lady have known Prince Harry for years and have been supportive of his Invictus Games for wounded warriors. 

Psaki didn’t get into detail but said that Biden has ‘talked about the importance of investing in a lot of these areas that they are committed in.’

Psaki was specifically asked about the racism that the royal couple talked about experiencing, though she addressed Meghan and Harry opening up about mental health struggles instead.

In the interview, Markle described having thoughts of suicide when she was pregnant with the couple’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. 

‘I just didn’t want to be alive anymore,’ she told Oprah. ‘And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought.’   

Markle also said she tried to seek help including inpatient care, but was rebuffed by a senior royal because ‘wouldn’t be good for the institution.’ 

The Duchess of Sussex also revealed that someone in the royal orbit had a conversation with Harry about the color of Archie’s skin before he was born.  

There were ‘concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he is born,’ Markle told Winfrey. 

Winfrey was floored, uttering, ‘What?’ 

‘There are several conversations,’ Markle continued. ‘Potentially and what that would mean or look like.’ 

The Biden White House’s response was far friendlier than President Donald Trump’s assessment of Markle. 

In late September, Trump had been asked by DailyMail.com about the royal couple’s unprecedented decision to weigh into the U.S. election, interpreted by many as an endorsement of his rival, Biden.  

‘I’m not a fan of hers,’ he said of Markle. 

‘I would say this – and she has probably has heard that – I wish a lot of luck to Harry because he’s going to need it,’ Trump said. 

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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