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The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle said she was told that “in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world – male or female”.
Meghan has disclosed this in a podcast to mark World Mental Health Day while speaking about the “almost unsurvivable” online abuse she experienced.
She said, “For eight months of that, I wasn’t even visible, I was on maternity leave with the baby – but what was able to be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable, it’s so big you can’t even think what that feels like.”
The couple who introduced themselves as Harry and Meghan talked about their loss and grief.
Meghan said she suffered mentally following the trolling she had had to face, saying “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 Duchess said many have experienced trolling during the lockdown when “if you’re not in school then you are finding yourself on your devices or online more”.
She added, “Yes, it’s a great way to connect but it also ends up being a place where there is a lot of disconnected.”
She said, “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”.
Harry advised that “every single one of us” should be talking about our mental health.
Harry said it is “very easy to be sucked in and consumed by negativity”, but everyone has “the choice to be able to cut that out of our lives”.
He said: “Hate following has become a thing, you don’t need to do that. 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.”
A Republican congressman had written to Britain’s ambassador to the US to ask that the Sussexes “no longer attempt to interfere” in the coming US election.
The letter followed a video message which was published by Time Magazine, calling on Americans to get out and vote in the coming election.
The video which was released in September said: “Every four years we are told the same thing, that this is the most important election of our lifetime, but this one is.”
Harry added: “As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation, and online negativity.”
Though the couple didn’t mention Donald Trump, Jason Smith, a Republican member of Congress for Missouri said in a letter to the British ambassador that the couple was breaching the Royal Family’s policy of political neutrality.