Speaking to a trio of American teenagers for the Teenager Therapy mental health podcast, the Duchess spoke about online abuse and how it had affected her personally.
“If you’re not in school and you’re finding yourselves on your devices or online more, right? And there’s a lot of vulnerability there that I think so many people are experiencing. And yes, it’s a great way to connect but also it kind of ends up being a place where there’s a lot of disconnection,” she said.
“I can speak personally too because I'm told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world – male or female,” she continued.
“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.”
Meghan also spoke the interview she did with ITV’s Tom Bradby last year during a tour of Africa where she admitted she had been struggling.
The Duchess explained: “I was just about to give Archie a bath and I was exhausted.
“A lot of people don't know, that's like running a marathon.
“So between every official engagement, I was running back to make sure our son was fed. That was a lot.
“But at the very end, the journalist asked me, ‘well are you ok’. I didn't realise my answer would receive such an interest from around the world.
“I didn't think about that answer, I just answered honestly. Because I was in a moment of vulnerability, because I was tired, because there was no presentation.”
Meghan went on to say that she is “doing really well” at the moment.
However, it's not the first time recently that Meghan has revealed her mental health has struggled. In July, court documents revealed that she felt attacked during her pregnancy.
After being asked to explain why Meghan was especially "vulnerable" when the letter was printed, her legal team said: "The Claimant had become the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles by the UK tabloid media, specifically by the Defendant, which caused tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health.
As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were rightly concerned for her welfare, specifically as she was pregnant, unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself."
But she did reveal that the past few months in lockdown have been a time for them to relax as a family, which has been a huge help. Also joining her on the podcast, Prince Harry admitted they have felt lucky to have so much space where their one-year-old son, Archie, can walk his first steps.
“Outdoor space where he can just have enough space to run and move around - it's a huge blessing,” he said.
“It reminds me of how many people are stacked on top of each other and have been for month after month after month after month, and what that must do to people's mental health.”
Shout out to these two for always managing to look on the bright side.
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