Using their voice and influence, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have led on to undertake work on empowerment, mental health and the environment.
As philanthropists and campaigners, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have no match!
They have time and again proved that online spaces can be utilized efficiently to stand for important causes if we really want to make positive changes around the world. Meghan especially has addressed issues related to mental health, wellbeing, and social media trolling. Along with Harry, Meghan had supported the global boycott of Facebook advertising, related to racism.
With the help of the Stop Hate for Profit campaign, the Sussexes took a stand against the social media platform, urging others to do so as well. But, what about the online hate that Markle is exposed to on a daily basis? Did the Duchess ever address the plight she has to bear being a top-tier celebrity whose every move is well-recorded and discussed at great length?
Yes, she did. There are a lot of times that Meghan, along with Harry, responded to social media callousness and negativity, and we discuss some of their most powerful responses. Take a look:
‘If you listen to what I actually say, it’s not controversial’
Meghan Markle had weighed in on her decision to quit social media during her interview with Fortune’s Ellen McGirt. For the unversed, the Duchess had her personal social media account before getting married to Prince Harry. However, Markle stated that she doesn’t use social media for her “own self-preservation.” “If you look back at anything I’ve said, what ends up being inflammatory is people’s interpretation of it, but if you listen to what I actually say, it’s not controversial,” she added.
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‘In 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world’
“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world — male or female,” she reflected. “Now for eight months of that, I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave or with the baby. I don’t care if you are 15 or 25 if people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is damaging,” Meghan said.
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‘Don’t be part of the problem’
Meghan Markle had particularly urged women to stand up against online negativity. She has often encouraged women to be a ‘part of the solution’ and utilize their voices to address social media hate and refrain from engaging in unnecessary negativity. “You can’t take for granted the ability you have as a woman to be able to be heard and now with the platform that people have on social media, to actually have that voice heard for a larger audience is a huge responsibility,” Meghan said.
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What’s happening to all of us online is affecting us deeply offline’
While Prince Harry termed the practice of online hate as “a global crisis of hate, a global crisis of misinformation and a global health crisis,” Meghan noted that the deal of hate and abuse is a “human problem.” “This isn’t just a tech problem. This isn’t solely mental health or emotional wellbeing problem…This is a human problem. And what’s happening to all of us online is affecting us deeply offline,” she commented.
‘You’re taking two steps forward, and five steps backwards
Meghan Markle has also reflected on how online communities could work towards achieving positive goals without trying to push one another down. “Both of us realized that we can continue to champion these things that we’re passionate about. We can continue to do this work to try to effect change and help the people who need it most of the communities or environments that need it most,” Meghan began. “But it’s almost like you’re taking two steps forward and five steps backwards if you can’t get to the root cause of the problem…Which at this point right now we see in a large way as a lot of what’s happening in the tech space,” she added.
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