Meghan Markle speaks out about the ‘unsurvivable’ feeling of being the most trolled person in the world

The Sussexes appeared on a podcast to talk about mental health

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Meghan Markle has opened up about the online abuse she has received, admitting it was ‘almost unsurvivable’.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took part in their first ever joint podcast to mark World Mental Health Day on Saturday.

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Speaking on the popular podcast Teenager Therapy with the hosts Gael, Kayla and Thomas, Harry and Meghan discussed their own mental health with Meghan revealing the effects of being at the receiving end of a torrent of abuse whilst on maternity leave.

‘I'm told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world – male or female. Eight months of that I wasn't even visible, I was on maternity leave with the baby. But what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable, that’s so big, you can’t think of what that feels like,’ said Meghan.

‘Because I don’t care if you're 15 or you're 25, if people are saying things about you that aren't true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging. Partof the work that we do, being able to talk to people and understand that even though our experience is unique to us, 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 and I think that's why the work you guys are doing here is so important.’

The Duke and Duchess went on to discuss the negative impact of social media and how it’s important to watch what we consume online, much like a physical diet.

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‘Hate following has become a thing, you don’t need to do that,’ added Harry.

‘Just as much as we worry about, be concerned, and take notice of what we put in our bellies as a diet, the same applies for our eyes and our mind, what we’re consuming is affecting us.

‘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 the hopeful side.’

Lauren Hughes
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