While making her podcast debut for World Mental Health Day with her husband Prince Harry, Meghan Markle complained that she “was the most trolled person in the entire world in 2019.”
Daily Mail reported that Meghan and Harry appeared on the podcast Teenager Therapy, which describes itself as “five stressed, sleep deprived, yet energetic teens sit down and talk about the struggles that come with being a teenage.” The royal couple came on to talk about the stigma surrounding mental health issues and to discuss “how we can all contribute to a healthier world: physically, mentally, emotionally and holistically.”
Meghan said on the podcast that the coronavirus pandemic had pushed more people towards the internet, which opened the door for a “vulnerability” and a place for “disconnection.”
“I can speak personally because I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world – male or female,” Meghan said. “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,” she added. “And so I think from my standpoint, and part of the work that we do from our own personal experience, being able to talk to people and understand that even though our experience is unique to us – and obviously can seem very different to what people experience on the day-to-day – its 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’… we are all figuring it out,” Meghan continued.
Later in the podcast, Meghan said she is “doing really well.”
“The past few months have been layered for everyone, we certainly can’t complain, we are fortunate we all have our health, we have rooves over our heads,” she explained.
Harry then chimed in to say, “I think putting your self-care as a priority is hugely important, because vulnerability is not a weakness, showing vulnerability in today’s world especially, is a strength.”
“We could certainly see that more from some of those global leaders, because we got ourselves into this very deep hole which we need to come out of,” he said.
Harry went on to praise the podcast hosts for being so open about the importance of mental health.
“The more we talk about it the more it becomes normal, and it is normal, and it’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength,” Harry said. “Our situation is somewhat unique but then every single person’s situation is unique, it’s a different version of the same thing. For Meghan, she said on a global scale, that’s what happened in 2019, but if you’re a young girl or young boy at school, that’s your world, so if you’re being attacked, or being bullied or whatever is online… it feels the same.”