Unending backlash, critics scrutinizing her every move, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle sure hasn’t had it easy in the spotlight. In honor of World Mental Health Day, she opened up on how bullying affected her emotional well-being, saying it was “almost unsurvivable.”
During an appearance on the Teenager Therapy podcast October 10 alongside her husband, Prince Harry, in celebration of #worldmentalhealth day Meghan talking about constantly being under the radar pointed out the contribution of access to the internet in bullying. While speaking about how people have been able to connect amid the coronavirus pandemic, the royal said:
“Yes, it’s a great way to connect but it also ends up being a place where there is a lot of disconnection,” she said, including her experience as an example. “I can speak personally, too. I am told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world — male or female.”
“Now, eight months of that, I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave with the baby. But was able to just be manufactured and just churned out — it’s almost unsurvivable.”
The 39 year old added, “If people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.”
The group posting on social media about Meghan and Harry’s appearance wrote:
“We cannot emphasize enough how honored we are to be able to bring you this important conversation. We hope you enjoy it and find something you can apply to your own life. Take care of yourself, you deserve to be loved.”
The couple in a chat with @teenagertheraphy talked prioritising mental health, removing stigma surrounding the issue and we all can contribute to a healthier world.
“Even though our experience is unique to us and obviously can seem very different to what people experience on the day to day, it’s still a human experience and that’s universal.
“We all know what it feels like to have our feelings hurt. We all know what it feels like to be isolated or othered. And I think that’s why the work you guys are doing here is so important … that people know there’s someone to talk to. You’re not alone in any of it. We’re all figuring it out.”
Prince Harry said vulnerability is not a weakness, but a sign of strength, buttressing the importance of talking about experiences. “It’s very easy to be sucked in and consumed by negativity but we all have a choice to be able to cut that out of our lives. Hate-following has become a thing. We don’t need to do that … for me I made the choice not to read it, not to see it and to remove myself from that and to very much focus on the uplifting and hopeful side which most of that I get from your generation.” He added that meditation also helps him.