On the occasion of World Mental Health Day this Saturday, October 10, Meghan Markle spoke in the podcast Teenager Therapy. The Duchess of Sussex spoke about the many criticisms she has received.
A Duchess on the edge of her seat. Since her relationship with Prince Harry became official, Meghan Markle has become a target for many people. Severely criticised – for her marriage, pregnancy, secret birth and more recently for the Megxit and her move to the United States – pointed at, observed…
Prince Harry’s wife spoke openly about her feelings on the occasion of World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October. Like her husband, who revealed last February that he had undergone lengthy therapy to overcome the trauma of losing his mother, the former actress spoke in a podcast entitled Teenager Therapy.
Together with Prince Harry, she discussed a fundamental question with high school students in Santa Barbara: “How we can all contribute to a healthier world: physically, mentally, emotionally”.
In the middle of the discussion with the young Gael, Kayla and Thomas, Meghan Markle regretted that the coronavirus pandemic has led people to turn more to the internet. According to the duchess, who has often been critical with social networks, this opens the way to more “vulnerability” and less “disconnection”.
“I can talk about it personally, because I was the most troll in the world in 2019,” Archie’s mother continued. Men and women combined. Eight months ago I was invisible. It’s almost insurmountable.” Touched by the criticism she has long suffered, and by the unhappiness she felt in England, Meghan Markle also spoke of the “personal work” she has done to try not to be overtaken by her detractors: “We all know what it’s like to be hurt, isolated or altered”. On leaving the United Kingdom and the Royal Family, Prince Harry’s wife confessed that her mental health had been a priority.
Meghan Markle looks back on a vulnerable moment
If today the Duchess of Sussex said she was “very well”, she regretted that the “last few months” have been “difficult for everyone”, even though she knows she is privileged because she has “health” and “a roof over her head”.
At her side, Prince Harry thanked the teenagers for bringing up this subject, which is still too taboo. “For Meghan, this is what happened in 2019, but if you are a young girl or a young boy at school, this is your world, so if you are attacked, bullied or anything else online.
it’s the same thing,” added the Duke of Sussex, before his wife returned from an interview she had given in South Africa where she had burst into tears: “I was breastfeeding at the time and a lot of people don’t know it’s like running a marathon, so between each official engagement I would run to make sure our son was fed. (…) I hadn’t prepared this answer, I just answered honestly because I was in a vulnerable moment because I was tired”.
Very committed to the subject of mental health for years, Prince Harry wanted to send a message. “I think that making your personal care a priority is extremely important, because vulnerability is not a weakness, showing vulnerability in today’s world in particular, is a strength,” explained the Duke of Sussex, who is a great support to his wife.
Aware that he was living a special situation and experiencing the flip side of a life spent in the spotlight and in front of cameras around the world, he looked back on his daily life. “Our situation is somewhat unique, but each person’s situation is unique, it’s a different version of the same thing,” he added before evoking in half a word his departure from the British royal family: “I made the choice not to read the critics, not to see them, to distance myself from them, and to concentrate on hope”.
Photo credits: Agency / Bestimage