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All The Royal Family Members Who Opened Up About Going to Therapy

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All The Royal Family Members Who Opened Up About Going to Therapy


Netflix’s The Crown often depicts ways in which the royal family must repress their true feelings and opinions from the public. But in the season 4 episode “The Hereditary Principle,” Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) seeks therapy as she works through her transition away from senior royal duties, health issues, and the discovery of a dark family secret. She also finds out that Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) have sought treatment for personal problems.

In real-life, the royals’ approach to mental health has evolved over the decades. Princess Diana was the first royal to speak openly about seeking therapy for both bulimia and postpartum depression. That opened the door for her children, Prince Harry and Prince William, to spearhead the mental health initiative Heads Together alongside Kate Middleton. Behind the scenes, several other royals have reportedly gone to therapy. A royal source even told Australian magazine New Idea (via The Express), that Queen Elizabeth wants her brood to participate in “a family counseling session” to ease reported tensions amongst some of its members. Ahead, a look at every royal who has reportedly gone to therapy or opened up about their mental health journey.

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    Princess Diana

    “Well, maybe I was the first person ever to be in this family who ever had a depression or was ever openly tearful. And obviously that was daunting, because if you’ve never seen it before how do you support it?” Diana said during her BBC Panorama interview in 1995. She was open about seeking treatment for post-partum depression, bulimia, and marital problems. “You’d wake up in the morning feeling you didn’t want to get out of bed, you felt misunderstood, and just very, very low in yourself,” the princess said of this time, adding, “I received a great deal of treatment, but I knew in myself that actually what I needed was space and time to adapt to all the different roles that had come my way. I knew I could do it, but I needed people to be patient and give me the space to do it.”

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    Prince Charles

    According to royal reporter and biographer Sally Bedell Smith (via The History Channel), Prince Charles attended sessions with Dr. Alan McGlashan for 14 years after seeking help in the early years of his marriage. “Charles’s friend Laurence Van der Post says McGlashan perceived Charles as ‘misunderstood and starved’ of ‘really spontaneous, natural affection,’ and provided the prince with ‘the respect his own natural spirit deserves,’” Bedell Smith reports.

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    Prince Harry

    Prince Harry has long been open about attending therapy to cope with the loss of his mother Diana at age 12. “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and all sorts of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” he revealed in 2017 on Telegraph reporter Bryony Gordon’s podcast Mad World. Harry went on to say that the death of his mother caused “shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years.” He added, “My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum because why would that help?” But at age 28, with the help of his brother William, Harry says he saw a therapist “more than a couple of times.” He continued, “The experience I have had is that once you start talking about it, you realize that actually, you’re part of quite a big club. I can’t encourage people enough to just have that conversation because you will be surprised firstly, how much support you get and secondly, how many people literally are longing for you to come out.”

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    Meghan Markle

    Since stepping down from senior royal duties in early 2020, Meghan has been candid about her personal struggles in the public eye. In October, she and Harry were interviewed for the podcast Teenager Therapy, where Meghan referred to herself as “the most trolled person in the entire world,” and spoke to the power of journaling for her mental health. The following month, Meghan penned an emotional op-ed for The New York Times revealing she suffered a miscarriage in July. “Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, ‘Are you OK?'” she wrote. The Duchess of Sussex also addressed the stigma that surrounds miscarriages. “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she wrote. “Some have bravely shared their stories; they have opened the door, knowing that when one person speaks truth, it gives license for all of us to do the same.”

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    Kate Middleton

    William and Kate haven’t opened up about going through therapy directly, but they’ve alluded to mental health challenges while promoting their organization Heads Together. Kate opened up about the “overwhelming experience” of becoming a mother in 2017. “There is no rule book, no right or wrong; you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family. For many mothers, myself included, this can at times lead to a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance,” she explained. “Sadly, for some mothers, this experience can be made so much harder due to challenges with our very mental health.” She went on to address the stigma associated with therapy, saying, “If any of us caught a fever during pregnancy, we would seek advice and support from a doctor. Getting help with our mental health is no different. Our children need us to look after ourselves and get the support we need.”

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    Prince William

    For the future King of England, he says his time in the Armed Forces impacted his mental health. “When I started feeling issues myself, it was from my air ambulance work,” he revealed at a Heads Together event in 2019. “I was dealing with a lot of trauma on a day in, day out basis, stuff that your body is not programmed to deal with, there’s just no way it is.” William added, “For some reason, we’re all embarrassed by emotions—British people, particularly—we’re very embarrassed by revealing our emotions.”

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    Princess Margaret

    As depicted on The Crown‘s fourth season, Margaret reportedly sought treatment after her divorce from Antony Armstrong-Jones in the 1970s. According to The Guardian, the royal “suffered a nervous breakdown” during the breakup and sought treatment for depression with psychiatrist to the stars Mark Collins. However, Princess Margaret never opened up about her private struggles or attending therapy to the public.

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    James Middleton

    While not a direct member of the royal family, Kate Middleton’s younger brother James has been candid about his mental health journey. In a Daily Mail op-ed in 2019, he opened up about undergoing a year of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression. James later told the Telegraph that every member of his family, including the Duchess of Cambridge, attended therapy with him. “That was so important because that helped them understand me and how my mind was working,” he told the outlet. “And I think the way the therapy helped me was that I didn’t need my family to say, ‘What can we do?’ The only thing they could do was just come to some of the therapy sessions to start to understand.”

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    How to Shop for Brand-New Beauty Products Like a Derm

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    Ever wish you could just copy/paste the virtual carts of the experts who really know what they’re doing when it comes to shopping for beauty products? Well, we leaned into that nosiness and started a series dedicated to the shopping lists of some of the country’s top beauty experts. This week, a dermatologist decides which new beauty launches are worth the hype.

    When shopping for beauty products, good reviews and recs from a reputable source can point you in the right direction and help you avoid a dud. But with new launches, many of which hit the shelves at the beginning of the year, making purchases can be a little trickier.

    So, first things first! Shop from an authorized retailer that carefully curates their selection to include only the crème de la crème in each category. Dermstore has wildly high standards for the expert-approved products that make the cut on their site, so you can trust the quality and efficacy of the selection, but you still may not know whether a given newbie works for you.

    That’s where the experts come in. Here, we’ve tapped Rachel Nazarian, M.D., a dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology in New York City, to help us break it down. “I look for science-backed, evidence-based ingredients,” says Dr. Nazarian. She doesn’t stick with any one brand, but rather prefers to look for new innovations. “I look for novel techniques or formulations that have science supporting the claims,” she says.

    Here, Dr. Nazarian shares which 2021 beauty launches caught her eye.

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    Today’s Inauguration Fashion Inaugurated A New Era for Young Designers

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    Style Points is a weekly column about how fashion intersects with the wider world.

    When Michelle Obama wore designs by Isabel Toledo and Jason Wu to the 2009 inauguration, it marked a huge moment in the careers of both designers. Over the course of her time as First Lady, the rising tide of her fashion choices helped lift names like Brandon Maxwell, Thakoon, and Sophie Theallet into the national spotlight—and the pieces she wore often sold out. It seems that, with their choices for the inauguration events, Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden are taking a similar approach—and using their platform to help boost the profiles of talented young American designers.

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    Harris and Biden chose looks by Christopher John Rogers and Markarian, respectively, for the inauguration.

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    Harris made a point of wearing looks by two Black designers—Kerby Jean-Raymond of the label Pyer Moss, and Christopher John Rogers—befitting her historic status as the first Black person to hold the office. Jean-Raymond explains that the backstory behind the camel coat that Harris wore yesterday stretches back well before Inauguration Day. “Kamala’s stylist reached out the day after she was announced as Joe Biden’s running mate. We talked about several projects but always intended to be part of the inauguration,” he says. “We made several options including dresses and accessories for Kamala and ultimately she chose this jacket which the stylist said is ‘the cat’s meow.'”

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    Harris wears a coat by Pyer Moss.

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    Jean-Raymond worked on the piece with frequent collaborator Camilla Huey, a costume designer and couturier who he calls “a constant in my life and part of my growth as a designer. She’s taught me how to achieve more difficult executions that I didn’t know how to do before. She was a part of creating my Sculpture for the MoMA and several of the Met Gala looks I created in 2019, some of which remain unseen publicly,” he says. “We began working on a fairly ordinary jacket but we got approval to make some changes this week to incorporate some of our brand identity on the piece. The knife pleat is one of our favorite mainstays in our collections.” As is the wave symbol, which here, he says, represents ““a new wave.”

    The designer adds that he hopes the next four years bring “accountability to Black peoples’ issues in this country. Good will from brands is non-transferable to the wearers,” he notes. “Wearing Pyer Moss doesn’t absolve anyone from doing the work; instead it’s a commitment to go above and beyond.”

    Meanwhile, Rogers posted Harris wearing his design on Instagram, writing “Thank you, Madam Vice President. We are so honored and humbled to have played a small part in this historic moment. 💜”

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    Designer Alexandra O’Neill’s sketch of Jill Biden’s Markarian look.

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    Biden selected a blue overcoat and dress by Markarian, a line made in New York City’s famed garment center. “It is an incredible honor to dress Dr. Biden today,” designer Alexandra O’Neill tells ELLE. “I am so humbled to be even a small part of American history.” Biden also picked Jonathan Cohen, a Mexican-American designer who focuses on sustainable fashion, for a COVID memorial service held the night before the inauguration. The mask she wore, as well as the coat’s lining, was made from upcycled fabrics. Said Cohen on Instagram, “Waking up with immense pride and gratitude. Here’s to a new day.”

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    Jill Biden wears Jonathan Cohen.

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    All of these fashion choices felt carefully considered, and they needed to be. Walking the line of political style right now is as tricky as walking a plank. We crave glamour, but in the midst of a pandemic and crushing economic pain, it feels crass to get gussied up—insert one ill-advised ruffle into the mix, and suddenly you’re Marie Antoinette. Women in politics get equal amounts of flak for wearing designer clothes and for being too dressed-down. The occasional tan suit aside, men in this sphere get little to no pushback. That is changing as politicians shift, for better or for worse, into fashion influencers of a kind, and as younger Congressional entrants like Rep. Cori Bush proudly wear thrifted looks to the Capitol, but the double standards still remain firmly in place. (After all, no one is speculating much on the hidden meaning behind Joe Biden’s choice to wear a Ralph Lauren suit.)

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    Harris at the inauguration in a look by Christopher John Rogers and Wilfredo Rosado pearls.

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    Those concerns had to be on the minds of both women and their teams today. Harris, whose no-fuss, comfort-first wardrobe on the campaign trail earned her the nickname “the Converse candidate,” chose looks that were simple and straightforward with a bit of visual interest, like Rogers’s vivid purple coat, one of the train-loving designer’s more restrained silhouettes. She is known to favor pearls, and broke out a Wilfredo Rosado necklace for today’s events. The First Lady’s aesthetic felt a bit more retro; her Markarian look was a modernized version of a ’50’s silhouette, accented by a velvet collar and cuffs and sprinkled with a subdued ration of Swarovski crystals, striking a balance between nostalgia and modernity.

    Harris’s and Biden’s style choices don’t just resonate on a symbolic level, though—they could have a tangible impact on the economic fortunes of the designers they have chosen to support. A Harvard Business Review study found that when Michelle Obama wore a brand’s clothing, its stock price soared. It’s an understatement to say that it is a challenging time to be a small business right now, and fashion businesses are no different. If today’s style statements are anything to go by, Biden and Harris seem to be making a commitment to boost an American industry—one that could benefit greatly from their shared co-sign.

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    The 9 Best Sleep Apps For Your Most Restful Night Ever

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    You need sleep. (Yeah, you already know that.) What isn’t always intuitive is how to get it. Between all of the stress the world has served up this past year and the temptation to doom scroll (a.k.a. nonstop surf the craziness your social feeds have to offer), we completely understand why you might be struggling to get your rest. One simple ritual that could help: using a sleep app.

    Some of these digitally-available apps allow you to access meditation sessions or white noise recordings that you can play next to your pillow. Others monitor your sleep behaviors (like breathing and time spent tossing and turning) to help you make adjustments to your bedtime routine. “All of these apps have similar principles built into them,” says Rafael Pelayo, MD, professor at Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine and author of How to Sleep. At the end of the day, they’re designed to help you reach your sleep goals.

    Pelayo’s pro tip for getting the most out of your app: Stick with it. After you’ve established your baseline (you do this the first time you use your app), use it enough times to identify trends in your sleep. (Note, if you find that your sleep declines, it might be worth checking in with a doctor.)

    Pelayo notes that sleep apps can be “convenient, practical, and effective,” tools for getting a good night’s rest. Learn more about some of our favorites, below.

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    Unplug Meditation

    According to Pelayo, meditation apps help you fall asleep by making you feel safe and less alert to the happenings around you. Clicking into the Unplug app reveals a library of recorded meditations dedicated to upping your relaxation prior to sleep. Our recommendation: the 23 minute-long Meditation For Serious Sleep (that our tester swears she fell asleep to in under 10 minutes).

    $12.99/month or $69.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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    Calm

    This app does exactly what it says it does. It’s loaded with countless hours of meditations and soothing tracks that help you wind down and practice mindfulness. If meditation isn’t your thing, give the app’s Sleep Stories a listen. The collection includes bedtime stories read in relaxing tones by a roster of familiar celebrity voices (like Harry Styles, Mandy Moore, Idris Elba, and more).

    Pelayo says many of his patients have found success with this app—and the next one—because of how accessible and easy-to-use it is.

    $12.99/month or $69.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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    Headspace

    Headspace had its cult-following way before it made its way to your Netflix watch list. The meditation app is easy-to-use, with a library divided by your meditation goals (e.g. concentration, balance, sleep). Our tester loved its sleep-specific meditations, as the recordings’ mix of soft narrations and ambient tracks never woke her after she’d fallen asleep—despite her being a light sleeper who is very sensitive to sound.

    $12.99/month or $69.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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    Unwind

    If you look to the great outdoors for a reset (*raises hand*), hit download on Unwind. The app helps facilitate sleep by bringing the sounds of nature to your bedroom. (Think: falling rain and crashing waves.) Flip through the app’s numerous meditations, sleep stories, and breathing techniques.
    $59.99/year; Mac App Store

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    Inscape

    This app captures the relaxing effects of Inscape’s IRL meditation sessions into a gorgeous, easy-to-navigate app. Just position your phone next to your pillow and let the app’s tranquil tracks lull you to sleep.

    $9.99/month; Mac App Store, Google Play

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    White Noise

    “The need for sleep is biological, but the way you sleep is learned,” says Pelayo, who explains that once you’re accustomed to the sounds of your bedroom, introducing a new, novel sound (like a car passing or a cell phone buzzing) can disrupt your slumber. White noise raises the level of background noise so that you’re less likely to notice out-of-place sounds.

    This is exactly what the White Noise app does. It plays looped ambient sounds (like the crackling of a campfire and falling rain) to keep you asleep. Like multiple tracks? The app allows you to cut and combine them for the ultimate sleep experience.

    Free; Mac App Store, Google Play

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    Sleep Score

    This hardworking app assesses how much quality sleep you’re getting à la its patented Sonar technology that utilizes your phone’s built-in microphone. It monitors your movements and breathing to grade you on how well you’re sleeping at every stage. It also gives you the tools to adjust your sleeping habits, providing you a library of soothing sounds and tips from sleep experts.

    $7.99/month or $49.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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