Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took part in a podcast on Saturday for World Mental Health Day. The opportunity for the American to confide in the psychological damage related to the harassment she suffered in 2019, across the world.
It is a cause that is particularly close to their hearts. On World Mental Health Day, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle participated in a podcast hosted by three teenagers in California. The parents of little Archie, who have already spoken of their own struggles with psychological distress in the past, confided again on Saturday. In the program called “Teenager Therapy”, the former actress shared the difficulties she herself has encountered since her marriage to the youngest of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. “I can speak about it personally because I was told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the whole world”, she commented, referring in particular to the harassment suffered online . “Yet for eight months of that year, I didn’t even show myself. I was on maternity leave, or with my baby. But despite that, we were able to manufacture things. And it’s almost insurmountable. And it’s so huge that you can’t even know what it feels like, because it doesn’t matter if you’re 15 or 25 if people say things about you that are not true it can only do harm your sanity, ”she explained.
“And so I think from my perspective, and some of the work we do from our own personal experience, to be able to talk to people and understand that even though our experience is unique to us – and obviously can seem very different from what people experience on a daily basis – it’s still a human experience and it’s universal, ”she added.
“I made the choice not to read or see”
“Meghan talks about her experience on a global scale, but if you’re a young girl or boy in school, this is your world, and if you are attacked, harassed or teased online… it’s exactly the same, ”Prince Harry continued, addressing the podcast’s young hosts directly. “It’s very easy to get caught and stuck in a negative spiral, but we all have a choice to try to let go of the negativity in our lives (…). I made the choice not to read or see and to get away from it all, to focus on the positive and optimistic side. What I have seen in recent years are people hiding behind nicknames online. They say things that no one would say in front of the person, ”he continued. He then said that to get away from these negative elements, he did meditation. “I never thought I was the one to do this.”
If she approached this subject with emotion, she however then affirmed to go today “very well”. “The last few months have been difficult for everyone, so we can’t complain, we are lucky to be healthy and have a roof over our head,” she said. “We are very lucky to have a space outside for our son to take his first steps. Having an outdoor space, or just enough to move around and run is a blessing. Because it reminds me of how many people are stacked on top of each other, and stayed that way for months, and what that means for the mental health of these people, ”he continued, addressing the issue of containment and the global covid-19 pandemic.
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