Meghan and Prince Harry have lent their support to anti-bullying campaigns this year. They have spoken out against online misinformation and urged fans to rise above hate spread on the Internet. The couple just took part in a California-based podcast called ‘Teenager Therapy’ and discussed their personal experiences with online trolls in honour of world mental health.
Meghan explained: “I am told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world — male or female.”
She continued: “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 of 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.”
Meghan Markle claimed she was told she was the “most trolled person in 2019”
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While it is not known which survey Meghan was referring to in the podcast, a study by Online.Casino.ca which was published in February found the Duchess was the third most trolled person, rather than the first.
The site analysed a total of 500,000 tweets in the study, and the list is organised according to which celebrity has the highest number of negative tweets written about them.
The survey showed that while Meghan did have a high number of mentions on Twitter in 2019, with 37,000 accounts referring to her in their tweets, 32 percent of those were positive.
Fifty-three percent of tweets about Meghan were negative, while 15 percent were neutral.
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This is in contrast to British singer Adele, who had 21,300 mentions and only 15 percent of them were positive.
A staggering 66 percent were negative — meaning Adele was pushed to the top of the list of most trolled celebrities last year.
Reality TV star Gemma Collins came in second place, with 27,300 mentions.
Of these, 21 percent were positive, 22 percent neutral and 57 percent negative — so she came out in second place in the OnlineCasino.ca’s list.
Meghan then follows closely behind the other two.
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US President Donald Trump had the most mentions in total, with 58,500 tweets referring to him.
However, only 48 percent of these were negative — pushing him to sixth place on the chart, below Love Island contest Molly-Mae Hague and Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan.
Even so, there is no question that Meghan has faced a great deal of attention since marrying Harry back in 2018.
She implied this had impacted her charitable work, and told Teenager Therapy: “So from my standpoint and for the work that we do is that from my personal experience and be able to talk to people and understand that even though our experience is unique to us and obviously can seem very different from what people can experience from day to day, it’s still a human experience and that’s universal.”
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shown great passion for breaking the stigma and taboos which surround mental health.
Harry has discussed his mental health issues following the sudden and highly-publicised death of his mother Princess Diana, and Meghan explained how she found it difficult to adapt to British culture.
Speaking to ITV last year, she said she thought that the “stiff upper lip” mentality was “internally damaging”.
The couple have since expressed their delight at their new life together in California outside of the royal fold, with Meghan saying she was “so glad to be home” for “so many reasons”.