Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has opened up about the online abuse she endured while pregnant with son baby Archie last year in a new mental health podcast with Prince Harry. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined high school students on their Teenage Therapy podcast to mark Mental Health Day.
Speaking candidly on the podcast the former actress opened up about the “almost unsurvivable” online abuse she experienced at that time, saying, “I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female.
“Eight months of that I wasn’t even visible — I was on maternity leave or with a baby. But what was able to be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable.
She continued: “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 and emotional health is so damaging.”
These comments come just weeks after Meghan openly discussed some of the criticism she has received in recent months during a virtual appearance at Fortune‘s virtual Most Powerful Women Summit last month.
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The Duchess of Sussex has been on the receiving end of criticism recently after she made comments about the US election, seemingly throwing her support behind democratic candidate Joe Biden, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Speaking at the summit, Meghan said she tries not to “listen to noise”.
“I think that is the takeaway that I have found is if you don’t listen to all the noise out there, and you just focus on living a purpose-driven life, and you focus on knowing what your own moral compass,” she said. “There are always going to be naysayers, but at the end of the day, you know, I used to have a quote up in my room many, many moons ago, and it resonates now perhaps more than ever … it’s by Georgia O’Keeffe, and it’s ‘I’ve already settled it for myself, so flattery and criticism go down the same drain, and I am quite free.’
“And the moment you are able to be liberated from all of these other opinions of what you know to be true, then I think it’s very easy to just live with truth and live with authenticity, and that is how I choose to move through the world.”
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