DR. MAX PEMBERTON: The real reason Meghan is playing the victim

Poor Meghan. We’re supposed to say that, aren’t we? Back in the UK this week, one wonders what sympathy card she will play next. After all, every interview she gives revolves around the “Woe is me” mantra.

Clutch your ethically sourced beads and reach for your tissues as she sits inside her multi-million pound home surrounded by staff and security guards. How is she getting through the day?

Seriously, I wonder if she really believes that she is being treated so harshly and that the average person on the street would understand?

Can she really be so isolated from the plight of ordinary people that she doesn’t think she comes across as phenomenally out of touch and self-obsessed?

Meghan and Harry during their bombshell interview with Oprah. dr Max Pemberton asks:

Meghan and Harry during their bombshell interview with Oprah. dr Max Pemberton asks, “I seriously wonder if she can really believe that she is being treated so harshly and that the average person on the street would understand?”

I’m sure she’s had issues in her life just like everyone else. I have no doubt that marrying the royal family was a major culture shock, especially when you thought it mostly involved swaying around a palace dressing up in pretty clothes for movie premieres, when the reality is more like tying ribbons at a new sewage treatment plant to cut Stevenage.

But most would keep that to themselves. By most people’s standards, it’s not trauma. The horrible truth is that Harry really was traumatized; Losing your mother at such a young age is terrible.

So why, as a source familiar with the Sussexes was quoted as saying this weekend, “is Meghan constantly looking back at how awful being a royal was for a short time?”

It doesn’t help anyone to be a prisoner of their past. That’s not to say we have to just sweep what happened to us under the rug. Far from it. But there comes a point when not learning to move on starts to define you.

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“But with Meghan, I think there’s something profound going on here, something I’ve seen in some of my patients,” explains Dr. Max

At some point you have to let go of the past, or at least build on it so that it no longer torments and consumes you.

But with Meghan, I think there’s something profound going on here, something I’ve seen in some of my patients.

A few years ago I worked for a charity and to fund it I worked a few days a week in a private clinic. Many of my patients were incredibly wealthy, and some even flew in on their private jets just for the appointment.

They had a life of unprecedented privilege. Yet when I spoke to them, there were some who seemed to feel slandered and hurt, offended and upset. They were extremely sensitive and tried to portray themselves as victims at almost every opportunity.

It was quite bizarre and was in sharp contrast to the poor, disenfranchised patients I saw at the charity who just seemed to accept their fate, do their best and move on with things.

It took me a while to realize that it was their privilege and the pressures it brought that prompted these wealthy patients to play the victim card so quickly.

They had great privileges, but unless they also achieved great things, they were always seen as failures. Perversely, her privilege was like a millstone around her neck.

The problem was that no one had any sympathy for it. I would have people in their 20s and 30s who were children of the rich and famous trying to convince me that they were one of life’s victims rather than being handed a golden ticket – with no real merit or talent of their own – only a few could have imagined that.

They had a toxic, damaging combination of self-entitlement and inflated self-esteem that led to bitterness and confusion that things didn’t always go their way.

Instead of imbibing this as life, they used this as proof that they were the real victims. And the most important thing I realized was that feeling victimized was a perfect way to break free from life’s problems.

This meant they always had a ready-made excuse for why things went wrong or didn’t work out the way they wanted. It was always the fault of others; It was always the fault of others.

Of course, no matter how wealthy, privileged, and well-connected you are, life can be an uphill struggle at times.

But getting a perspective on things and realizing that this is part of the carpet of life is a key skill. I find it truly amazing that someone as bright and intelligent as Meghan would seem to be struggling to take this in and appear increasingly deaf as a result.

The Duchess of Sussex wants us to think that she’s the victim of all sorts of injustices, which she’s valiantly fighting, although I’m afraid it just comes off as rampant, callous whining.

Sorry Kate, I don’t buy it

Recently, there has been a trend of celebrities starting wellness businesses. It started with Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop. Kate Moss is the newest at Cosmoss

Recently, there has been a trend of celebrities starting wellness businesses. It started with Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop. Kate Moss is the newest at Cosmoss

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While I support people making healthy changes and appreciate that celebrities can influence people, I am concerned that many promote unproven or questionable products.

The reality is that these people are incredibly wealthy and live rare lives, and it is this rather than any magical cure that allows them to look so fabulous. You’re selling a fantasy. With cooks, cleaners, drivers and assistants, they are isolated from most people’s reality.

You don’t have to balance family life and work like most people do. Keep that in mind when you hear them talk about miracle wellness products.

Health Secretary Steve Barclay has launched a plan to eliminate waste, wokering and deadwood in the NHS to cut costs and free doctors from red tape amid a backlog crisis. This is long overdue. Bureaucracy cripples doctors’ work and prevents us from treating more patients. It’s exhausting and frustrating.

The gas - nitrous oxide - is the second most commonly used recreational drug in the UK after cannabis

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  • Doctors warned of Britain’s “terrifying” nitrous oxide epidemic last week after the number of patients with “life-changing” nerve damage and paralysis from use of the drug rose. The gas – nitrous oxide – is the second most commonly used recreational drug in the UK after cannabis. Where I live in central London, the streets are littered with the shiny little metal canisters that the gas comes out of. It is incredibly popular with teenagers and induces a brief high when inhaled. But it can also cause breathing difficulties, a dangerously increased heart rate, and even death. We need to educate people about the risks. Part of the problem is that it’s considered harmless because it’s called “laughing gas.” In fact, it is a powerful chemical and using it can have tragic consequences. It seems to be part of a generally rather confused and illogical worldview of Gen Z, who don’t drink alcohol for health reasons and instead blithely inhale laughing gas. Insanity.

DR MAX PRESCRIBE…

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