The Duchess of Sussex revealed that she was told last year that she was the ‘most trolled person in the world’ in a podcast in which she spoke of the ‘almost insurmountable’ online abuse she had suffered.
Meghan and her husband, the Duke of Sussex, joined three Californian high school students on an episode of their podcast, Teenager Therapy, and discussed topics such as mental health stigma, self-care and online abuse .
The Duchess said the Covid-19 pandemic, which has closed schools around the world, has meant more time online for many.
She told hosts Gael, Kayla and Thomas, “Yeah, it’s a great way to connect, but it also ends up being a place where there is a lot of disconnection, you know, I can speak personally.
“I am told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the world, male or female. Now, eight months later, I wasn’t even visible, I was on maternity leave or with a baby.
“But what could have been made and produced is almost insurvable, it’s so big, you can’t think what that looks like, because I don’t care if you’re 15 or 25, if people say things about you that are not true, what it does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.
Harry added that people can hide behind usernames in virtual spaces to project or say things they wouldn’t say in person.
He continued, “I think a lot, a lot of people are in a lot of pain and panic because of the way the world is and sometimes because of the echo chamber that has been created for them by the platform in. line they have chosen to be on.
“But it’s also about controlling. You can control what you see, you can control what you do, so whether it’s notifications or vibrating ringtones, whatever it is, those things are controlling you, rather than taking control.
The show was taped earlier this week in the Santa Barbara area where the Sussexes now live, and with everyone socially estranged and wearing masks.
It normally features five senior students, from Loara High School in the city of Anaheim, Orange County, who have candid conversations on a range of topics from mental health, school and family to friendships and family. sexuality.
The couple discussed their coping strategies to anchor their sanity – Harry told the hosts he’s meditating and Meghan said she is writing a journal.
Harry stressed the importance of prioritizing personal care and having candid conversations about wellness, adding: “The more we talk about it, the more it becomes normal, and it is normal, and it is not. not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. ”
The Duke and Duchess then criticized algorithms on social media sites that promote suggested content, and said consuming material online should be treated the same as a physical diet.
Harry said, “The hate to follow has become one thing, you don’t have to do that. Just as much as we worry about what we put in the belly, we worry and realize what we put in our belly for a diet, the same goes for our eyes and our mind, what we consume we affected.