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White House: Biden believes Harry and Meghan interview took 'courage'

White House: Biden believes Harry and Meghan interview took 'courage'
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White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiRepublicans attack Biden agenda after disappointing jobs report Biden 'confident' meeting with Putin will take place soon Sinema urges Biden to take 'bold' action at border: 'This is a crisis' MORE said on Monday that President BidenJoe BidenSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy MORE believes it took “courage” for Prince HarryPrince HarryQueen's cousin and associate accused of 'secretly trading on their links' to Putin, monarchy for profit Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as White House continues to push vaccination effort Biden to record video message for 'Vax Live' concert MORE and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, to open up about their experiences as members of the British royal family and their decision to step down from their posts. 

“For anyone to come forward and speak about their own struggles with mental health and tell their own personal story, that takes courage,” Psaki was said a press briefing when asked whether Biden and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenBiden honors his mom on Mother's day: 'She was the quintessential lady' Jill Biden commends moms on Mother's Day for being 'strong and resilient' amid pandemic Biden to record video message for 'Vax Live' concert MORE, who have a documented friendship with the prince, had any reaction to the bombshell CBS News interview Harry and Meghan had with Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyOprah interview with Meghan, Prince Harry grew subscriptions for Paramount+ Meghan announces children's book inspired by Prince Harry and Archie Oprah Winfrey says Harry and Meghan interview 'powerful' because of couple's openness, vulnerability MORE

“And that’s certainly something that the president believes, and he’s talked about the importance of investing in a lot of these areas that they’re committed to in the future as well,” Psaki continued.

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She also noted that after stepping down as senior members of the royal family, the prince and duchess are now private citizens, adding that the White House wouldn’t provide further commentary on behalf of the president, given “these are private citizens sharing their own story and their own struggles.”

In the tell-all interview that aired late Sunday, Harry and Meghan discussed the struggles they faced in the palace and with British tabloids after getting married in May 2018.

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Meghan also disclosed in the interview that she suffered from suicidal thoughts as she faced intense scrutiny from the press as a senior member of the royal family. After speaking to “one of the most senior people” in the family to try to receive mental health resources, she said the person told her there was “nothing we can do to protect you because you’re not a paid employee of the institution.”

Meghan, whose mother is Black and father is white, also revealed that there were discussions in the royal family when she was pregnant with Archie, whom she gave birth to in 2019, about “how dark his skin might be.” 

Psaki on Monday also stressed the United States’s continued alliance with the United Kingdom.

“Let me just reiterate,” Psaki said, “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.”

--Updated at 1:43 p.m.