Meghan Markle says online abuse 'almost unsurvivable'

Updated: 12 October, 2020 07:37 IST | ANI | Washington

Meghan Markle recently appeared alongside Prince Harry on the 'Teenager Therapy' podcast, hosted by five seniors at Anaheim high school, California and discussed the toll that social media can take on someone's mental health.

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle

Duchess of Sussex and Former Americal actress Meghan Markle spoke about the online abuse she encountered when she married into the royal family. According to People Magazine, Markle recently appeared alongside Prince Harry on the 'Teenager Therapy' podcast, hosted by five seniors at Anaheim high school, California and discussed the toll that social media can take on someone's mental health.

"Yes it's a great way to connect, but it also ends up being a place where there's a lot of disconnection," the Duchess of Sussex said. "I can speak personally too, I'm told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female."

Recalling the same year when she was pregnant with son Archie, she said, "Now, 8 months of that I wasn't even visible -- I was on maternity leave or with a baby. But what was able to be manufactured and churned out, it's almost unsurvivable."

"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," the 39-years-old added.

As per People Magazine, Meghan and Harry appeared on the podcast for World Mental Health Day. The conversation was recorded earlier this week with three of the five hosts -- Gael, Kayla, and Thomas -- at a coronavirus-compliant shooting location (including masks) in Montecito, California, where the couple recently moved with 1-year-old Archie.

"Vulnerability is not a weakness, showing vulnerability in today's world especially is a strength," Harry, the Duke of Sussex, said. "The more we talk about it the more it becomes normal, and it is normal."

The 'Suits' actor said part of what the pair hope to accomplish through their advocacy is to emphasise that "we all know what it feels like to have our feelings hurt."

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First Published: 12 October, 2020 07:04 IST

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