Meghan Markle has spoken about her surprise that comments she made in an ITV documentary 'would receive such interest around the world'.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared on the Teenager Therapy podcast to mark World Mental Health Day yesterday – and talked candidly to a group of American teens about their struggles, including the negative comments they've been subjected to online.
The podcast episode was recorded at the Sussexes new home in Santa Barbara, California. Representatives for the couple apparently reached out to the five teenagers behind the podcast after learning about their work in a New York Times profile.
Meghan touched upon the surprising impact her candid comments in TV documentary Harry and Meghan:An African Journey had last October when it aired on ITV.
In the film, journalist Tom Bradby asked her if she was OK during the couple's tour of South Africa to which she responded sombrely: 'Thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I'm OK.'
She told the teens she was breastfeeding Archie at the time: 'Man, I was tired. I was just about to give Archie a bath...I was exhausted...Between every official engagement I was running back to make sure our son was fed.
'At the very end, the journalist asked me, "Are you OK?" And I didn't realise that my answer would receive such interest around the world.'
Meghan also opened up about the impact 'being the most trolled person in the world' has had on her mental health.
She said: 'I'm told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female. Now, 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. That's so big you can't even think what that feels like.'
Adding: 'If people are saying things about you that aren't true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging...We all know what it feels like to have our feelings hurt, we all know what it feels like to be isolated or othered.'
She went on to say that she's found journalling 'a really powerful thing' for helping her process her thoughts and feelings. Harry – who has been very vocal about navigating his own mental health issues – said he meditates daily. 'I never thought I'd be the person to do that,' he told the teens. 'Showing vulnerability in today's world is a strength.'
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