Pity the poor duchess!
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, opened up about being “the most trolled person” on the planet — and how all the nastiness has affected her mental health — in a podcast Saturday hosted by five California teens.
Markle and husband Prince Harry, who also is the Duke of Sussex, made a guest appearance on “Teenager Therapy” to commemorate World Mental Health Day. They offered to make the appearance after reading about the podcast in the New York Times.
“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world — male or female,” she told the high-school students. “Now for eight months of that. I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave or with the baby, but what was able to be just manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable. …I don’t care if you are 15 or 25, if people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is damaging.”
When asked how he copes with being in the spotlight, Harry said he chooses not to read anything that is written about him and Markle and that he meditates.
“Meditation is key,” he said. “I never thought that I would be the person to do that.”
Harry is scheduled to return to the UK within weeks for a meeting with his 94-year-old grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, about comments he and Markle made in a get-out-the vote video last month. The prince encouraged American voters to “reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.” The Queen has distanced herself from comments.
For her part, Markle said “journaling” helps her cope with negative publicity.
“Journaling is a very powerful thing,” she said. “It allows me to reflect on where I’ve come from.”
When one of the teenage hosts asked her how she was feeling, Markle, who said she is still breastfeeding the couple’s son Archie, thanked him for the question, and alluded to an interview the couple had done last year with a British journalist.
That journalist, too, asked how she was feeling, and Markle thanked him for the question, adding “not many people have asked if I’m OK.”
The interview last year, during a state visit to South Africa, signaled the beginning of the couple’s break with the royal family and their move to North America in January. A few months ago, the couple settled in Santa Barbara, California, where they bought a $14.7 million mansion.
“I didn’t realize that my answer would receive such an interest from around the world,” she said, adding that she was exhausted on the trip and that the question came just as she was about to give the couple’s son Archie a bath. “I didn’t think about that answer… I just answered because I was just in a moment of vulnerability.”