MEGHAN Markle says she was the "most trolled person in the world" last year in a new podcast to mark Mental Health Day.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Californian high school students on their 'Teenager Therapy' podcast and made a passionate plea for anyone suffering to speak out.
During the broadcast, aired today, the Duke and Duchess discussed how they look after their mental health being in the public eye.
The pair also discussed the unique mental health struggles during the coronavirus pandemic.
During the interview, Meghan said she had been told she had been the world's most trolled person last year and described the online abuse she'd received as "unsurvivable".
She said: “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.”
"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."
The Duchess also spoke of the dangers of social media for teen mental health.
She said: "For anyone if you’re not in school then you’re on your devices and online more.
“Theres a lot of vulnerability there that I think so many people are experiencing.
“Yes it’s a great place to connect but it's also a place where there is a lot of disconnection.”
During the podcast, Prince Harry also said that "100 per cent" of people have experienced grief or loss as he spoke of the immense mental health difficulties generated by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duke said: "I think if you could safely say that 90% of people on planet Earth have suffered some form of trauma, some form of loss, some form of grief, and that's different, it varies to every single person.
"Then certainly for this year, through Covid, I think it's probably safe to say that 99.9%, if not 100% of people, have experienced some form of one of those, all those, at the same time.
"Rather than mental health being focused on, the people that are struggling, it needs to go much wider than that to the acceptance and the appreciation that every single one of us have mental health."
The Duke also said that, in the modern age, vulnerability was a "sign of strength" and not weakness.
He continued: "I think putting your self-care as a priority is hugely important, because vulnerability is not a weakness, showing vulnerability in today's world especially, is a strength.
"We could certainly see that more from some of those global leaders, because we got ourselves into this very deep hole which we need to come out of."
Harry praised the teenage hosts and the younger generation for their openness surrounding mental health and personal difficulties, later telling the podcast that he meditates.
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