Meghan Markle Calls Online Hate During Her Pregnancy "Almost Unsurvivable"
Meghan Markle has opened up about the online treatment she received while pregnant with Archie in 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the Teenager Therapy podcast on Oct. 10, when Meghan spoke on the "almost unsurvivable" wave of hatred and misinformation directed her way. "I was the most trolled person in the entire world," she said. Read on for her full comments.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry marked World Mental Health Day 2020 by joining teen-hosted podcast Teenager Therapy.
During the rare podcast appearance, the Duke and Duchess spoke on prioritizing mental health and breaking down stigma. The conversation also shifted to online hate — which Harry and Meghan have recently spoken out against — and the Duchess reflected on her own experience with trolls and misinformation during her pregnancy.
Meghan Markle on being "most trolled person" of 2019
Speaking with the high school podcast hosts, Meghan recalled the "almost unsurvivable" hate she experienced last year. "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 or with a baby. It's almost unsurvivable. But what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it's almost unsurvivable. That's so big, you can't think of what that feels like."
The Duchess continued, stressing the universal element of such an experience. "Because 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 health is so damaging.
"From my standpoint and part of the work that we do — being able to talk to people [...] 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 or othered," Meghan explained, before praising Teenager Therapy for letting listeners know "there's someone to talk to."
Harry & Meghan join podcast Teenager Therapy
Harry and Meghan's podcast conversation came with three of Teenager Therapy's five hosts. They're California high school students who gather to "talk about the struggles that come with being a teenager," and they've no doubt won some new fans and spread an important message with their World Mental Health Day/Duke and Duchess of Sussex episode.
Following Saturday's World Mental Health Day, Harry and Meghan will today release a conversation with Malala Yousafzai to mark International Day of the Girl 2020.