Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined a Teenager Therapy podcast program recently, where the Duchess of Sussex said she was the most trolled HUMAN in the world in 2019. She described her experience as unsurvivable while adding that the consistent abuse she suffered in 2019 had left her feeling isolated and othered.
Teenager Therapy podcast is organized by some teenagers in California in honour of World Mental Health Day, where Meghan Markle revealed how she struggled with being trolled on the internet, an issue many teens face on a regular basis, mostly during the coronavirus pandemic when people are more isolated.
“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world-male or female,” she said in an interview she had with Prince Harry, to Teenage Therapy Podcast to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day Saturday.
“Now eight months of that I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave or with a baby but what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable. That’s so big you can’t even think about what that feels like because I don’t care if you’re 15 or 25 if people are saying things about you that aren’t true what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.”
The program is organized, “In honour of World Mental Health Day, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat down with us for a conversation about prioritizing mental health, removing the stigma around the issue, and how we can all contribute to a healthier world: physically, mentally, emotionally, holistically,” the hosts said on their Instagram account.
“We cannot emphasize enough how honoured 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 Duchess of Sussex spoke more about isolation and online bullying. “Even though our experience is unique to us and obviously can seem very different from 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.”
Britain’s Prince Harry started off by saying that vulnerability is not a weakness, but a sign of strength and how it’s important to talk 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 said, while added that meditation also helps him pull through.