The Duke of Sussex has urged people in the US to “reject hate speech” and vote in the country’s upcoming presidential election.
Reflecting on the negative impact that online bullying can have on a person’s mental health, Duchess Meghan recalled the comments and headlines written about her last year being “almost unsurvivable.”
Speaking alongside her husband, Prince Harry, in an episode of the “Teenager Therapy” podcast Friday in honor of World Mental Health Day on Saturday, Meghan reflected on facing “damaging” and “manufactured” stories about herself.
“I’m told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female,” she said. “Eight months of that, I wasn’t even visible – I was on maternity leave 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 of what that feels like. 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.”
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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex arrive at the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in London on March 5, 2020. (Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP)
She added: “From my standpoint and part of the work that we do is 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 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