Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, said she suffered “almost insurmountable” online abuse while on maternity leave or caring for her son Archie with her husband, Prince Harry.
The royal couple joined three California high school students on Saturday in an episode of their Teenage Therapy podcast on World Mental Health Day and discussed topics including mental health stigma, self-care, and online abuse.
Meghan told guests Gael, Kayla and Thomas that the coronavirus pandemic, which has closed schools around the world, has meant more time online for many.
“I was told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the world, male or female,” she said, without specifying who told her that information. NBC News was unable to independently verify his claim.
“For eight months I was not even visible. I was on maternity leave or with a baby, but what was possible to produce and churn out is almost unsustainable,” he added.
The husband also told the podcast that “making self-care a priority is extremely important”, adding that “vulnerability is not a weakness”.
“It’s very easy to get sucked into and consumed by negativity,” Harry said. “But we all have the ability to eliminate it from our lives.”
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She added that she meditated to take a break from her day, while Meghan said she wrote down her experiences to help her reflect.
The podcast was recorded earlier this week in the Santa Barbara area, where the Sussexes now live, after they stepped down as senior royals earlier this year, according to the Press Association’s news agency. UK.
It is branded as “a maturity story portrayed in real time” and typically features five senior students conversing about the “difficulties that come with being a teenager.”