Meghan Markle on being the 'most trolled person' in the world in 2019: 'It's almost unsurvivable'

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  • Meghan Markle is opening up about the "almost unsurvivable" year she and Harry have had.
  • "I'm told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world," she said, adding that whether the things people are saying are true or not, it's mentally and emotionally "damaging".
  • She also spoke candidly about revealing she was not okay in an interview last year. "Everyone wants to be asked if they are okay," Meghan said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their podcast debut on Saturday as they spoke on Teenager Therapy to mark World Mental Health Day.

Opening up about the undeniably difficult time the royal couple, and Meghan in particular, have had over the past year, the Duchess of Sussex said: "I'm told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female."

She added: "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 you're 25, if people are saying things about you that are untrue, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging."

Meghan said that feeling is universal. "We all know what it feels like to have our feelings hurt," she said. "We all know what it feels like to be isolated or othered."

Prince Harry added that he tries to "remove" himself from the negativity as best he can.

People reports Meghan also addressed the comment she'd made during the 2019 documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, when she admitted to Tom Bradby that she wasn't doing okay.

After being asked how she's feeling now, she said: "Isn't that funny? It was about a year ago this time that someone asked me that. We were on a tour in South Africa, and on the last day of the tour, man, I was tired. I was just about to give Archie a bath. I was exhausted."

Meghan said she was breastfeeding, and running back and forth between engagements to check on her baby boy, likening it to "running a marathon".

"At the very end, the journalist asked me, 'Well, are you okay?' and I didn't realise that my answer would receive such an interest from around the world. Because I said, 'Well, thanks, people never really ask me if I am okay.'" Meghan said.

"Because I was in a moment of vulnerability, because I was tired, because there was no presentation, it was just, here's where I am. I am a mom who is with a four-and-a-half-month-old baby, and we are tired. But I think it speaks to the fact that the reason it resonated with people is because everyone wants to be asked if they are okay," Meghan shared.

"And so I would say, today I am doing very well, thank you for asking."   


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