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The Duchess of Sussex revealed her struggles with cyberbullying throughout her pregnancy.
“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world-male or female,” she said during an interview with Teenage Therapy Podcast to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day.
“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 25 if people are saying things about you that aren’t true what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.
“Even though our experience is unique to us and obviously can seem very different to what people experience on the day to day, 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. And I think that’s why the work you guys are doing here is so important … that people know there’s someone to talk to. You’re not alone in any of it. We’re all figuring it out.”
Meghan and Harry left the UK after being repeatedly harassed by the media. Harry posted a letter to his official website back in October 2019, drawing parallels between the treatment of his wife and that of his late mother, Princess Diana.
“Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son,” he wrote. The royal continued: “I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in.”