Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, talks about the effects of online trolling on her mental health, calling it “almost insurmountable” in a new interview.
In a joint interview with husband Prince Harry on the Teenage Therapy podcast, Markle said she found out from an unnamed source that she was the “most trolled person in the world, male or female” in 2019. “Now eight months of it, I wasn’t even visible,” Markle said on the podcast. “I was on maternity leave or with the baby. But what could only be manufactured and produced – it is almost impossible to survive. “
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the podcast appearance, which aired on October 1
During the podcast, Markle also spoke about how harassment and bullying can negatively affect anyone, royally or otherwise. “Although our experience is unique to us and can obviously be very different from what people experience on a daily basis, it is still a human experience and that is universal,” she said. “We all know what it feels like when our feelings are hurt. We all know what it feels like to be isolated or different. And I think that’s why the work you do here is so important … that people know that there is someone to talk to. You are not alone in any of these. We’ll all find out. “
In January 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they would step down as high-ranking kings and split their time between the UK and North America “after many months of reflection and internal discussion,” their official statement said. Her decision came after years of intense scrutiny and criticism of the couple on both social media and the press, including the often racist and sexist coverage of Markle.
Markle has spoken in the press and in court about the effects of social media bullying on her mental health.
In late September 2020, it was announced that Markle had lost her lawsuit against Associated Newspapers Ltd., the publisher of British tabloids Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, about five articles dated February 2019 that published multiple parts of a handwritten letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in 2018. Court documents from the lawsuit by IS! news Notice how the invasive tabloid specifically affected Markle’s mental health. “[Meghan Markle] had been the subject of a large number of false and harmful articles in the British tabloid media, particularly the [Mail on Sunday]which caused tremendous emotional stress and damage to their mental health, ”read the documents. “Since her friends had never seen her in this state, they were right to be concerned about her welfare, especially because she was pregnant, not protected by the institution, and not allowed to defend herself.”
In an interview with ITV in October 2019, Markle spoke frankly when a reporter asked her how the spotlight had affected her physical and mental health. “Look, every woman, especially when she’s pregnant, is really vulnerable, and that got really challenging,” Markle said at the time. “And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s real – it’s a lot. So you add that on, on top of trying to be a new mom or a newlywed, it’s … yes. “She continued,” And thank you for asking. Because not many people have asked if I’m okay. But it’s a very real thing to go through behind the scenes. “