When the news broke that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had got engaged, the nation could scarcely contain its excitement. And, for much of the day, our television screens were plastered with shots and footage of the happy couple.
But, for one man who travelled from Edinburgh, Scotland, to London to talk about his depression and suicide attempt on TV, the day did not turn out to be as joyous. Brian Wilkie’s scheduled appearance on ITV’s This Morning was cut from the show to make way for the royal wedding news. And, many people have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment that this man’s story wasn’t heard.
Last week, Ellie Wilkie tweeted a photo of her and her dad Brian with some words about his experience of living with mental illness.
“This year began with my dad mentally suffering depression and suicide attempt. Today he ends the year starting his new career in becoming a recovery support worker,” she wrote.
This year began with my dad mentally suffering depression and suicide attempt. Today he ends the year starting his new career in becoming a recovery support worker. Words can’t describe how proud we are #breakthestigma It’s okay not to be okay❤️ pic.twitter.com/HyUu3ZeO2S
— badiddy (@ellzthelephant) November 22, 2017
“Words can’t describe how proud we are,” she added. “It’s okay not to be okay.”
Her tweet went viral, and led to them both being invited to appear on ITV’s This Morning show to tell their story.
Cannot believe due to this tweet me and my dad have now arrived in London. Ready to tell our story tomorrow on “This morning”, eeeeek!!!!! ❤️😭 my heart beams with pride
— badiddy (@ellzthelephant) November 26, 2017
But, due to the royal engagement news, their segment was cut from the show’s schedule.
Unfortunately today was not the day for our story to be heard. Due to breaking news our story was cut off live tv. The royal wedding will go ahead however mental health issues will always remain ❤️ until next time Dad. #breakthestigma pic.twitter.com/jbjcDeNvkl
— badiddy (@ellzthelephant) November 27, 2017
“Due to breaking news our story was cut off live TV,” Ellie wrote. “The royal wedding will go ahead however mental health issues will always remain. Until next time Dad.”
Ellie’s tweet gained a great deal of attention online, with many people stating their disappointment that the segment was cut.
Some felt that given the princes’ extensive campaigning on mental health, the royals would have wanted the segment to go ahead.
Many criticised This Morning for its decision to prioritise the engagement news.
Absolutely disgusting @thismorning get 2 people who cancelled 2 days plans to travel to London from Scotland as use wanted to hear there story. The whole show didn’t need to be about the engagement surely mental health is more important #breakthestigma it’s okay not be okay.
— Leanne Neil (@leanneneil2602) November 27, 2017
While I am happy for Harry and Meghan, there was no need for your story not to be heard. An engagement notice takes 1 minute to do and has little to no meaning to anyone else beside the couple and their families whereas your story could have educated people and even saved lives.
— The Martian Gardiner (@YasTheCatLady) November 27, 2017
ITV did not immediately respond to Mashable‘s request for comment.