Meghan and Harry latest news – Duchess reveals 'emotional and mental damage' while Harry takes aim at anonymous trolls

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry opened up on mental health struggles and bullying in a candid interview on the Teenager Therapy podcast.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Californian high school students on to mark Mental Health Day – and made a passionate plea for anyone suffering to speak out.

Meghan detailed her experience of becoming the target of trolls last year. 

The Duchess said she was 'the most trolled person in the entire world' in 2019, when she struggled to cope with 'almost unsurvivable' bullying and media attention.

She said: "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 it's so damaging."

 Prince Harry also hit out at online trolls who “hide behind usernames”, adding: “There are things that are said digitally that nobody would say in person”. 

Follow all the latest news on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry below…

  • Claire Hubble

    POSH SPICE TELLS MEGHAN TO SHOW 'THE REAL HER'

    Victoria Beckham has been offering Meghan Markle advice on how to beat the critics, urging the duchess to “show the real her”.

    According to reports, 46-year-old Posh is encouraging Meghan to showcase more of her day-to-day life as she shares tips that have benefitted her own career in the past.

    Meghan has faced public scrutiny since she married Prince Harry in 2018, with the backlash increasing when they stepped back from their roles as senior royals earlier this year.

    A source explained: “She's urged Meghan to shut down the critics and prove her authenticity by showing the side only her loved ones get to see and to reveal the real her.

    “She's also told people it could make people think twice about attacking her and tug on their heartstrings by showing the public how deeply the backlash affects her and Harry on an emotional level.”

  • Claire Hubble

    PAP AGENCY SAY SORRY FOR DRONE SHOTS

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have won an apology from a paparazzi agency who allegedly used drones to take pictures of baby Archie. 

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex launched legal action in LA in July claiming an individual had photographed Archie, then 14 months old, at their home during lockdown.

    The couple claimed the pictures were an invasion of privacy.

    In a statement today, their lawyer Michael Kump, of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump LLP, said the agency responsible, X17, had apologised to the couple and agreed to pay a portion of their legal fees.

  • Claire Hubble

    MEGHAN DIDN'T REALISE IMPACT OF SOUTH AFRICA INTERVIEW

    Appearing on the podcast Teenager Therapy, Meghan Markle opened up about the interview she gave in South Africa last year, where she was moved to tears when a journalist asked after her wellbeing.

    She said: “We were on a tour in South Africa and on the last day of the tour, man I was tired. I was just about to give Archie a bath and I was exhausted.”

    Harry said she was breastfeeding at the time, to which Meghan added: “A lot of people don't know, it's like running a marathon, so between every official engagement I was running back to make sure our son was fed, and it was a lot.

    “At the very end the journalist asked me 'well, are you OK?' and I didn't realise that my answer would receive such an interest from around the world, because I said 'well thanks, people haven't really asked me if I'm OK'.

    The clip was widely reported on, with many speculating Meghan's apparently poor emotional state at the time might have been a cause of the couple's retirement from public life as royals.

    Meghan continued:: “I didn't think about that answer, I just answered honestly, because I was in a moment of vulnerability, because I was tired, because there was no presentation.”

    She added: “It was just 'here's where I am, I'm a mum who is with a four-and-half-month-old baby and we are tired'.

    “But I think it speaks to the fact that the reason it resonated with people is because everyone wants to be asked if they're OK.”

  • Claire Hubble

    HARRY GRATEFUL FOR CALIFORNIA MANSION DURING LOCKDOWN

    Prince Harry says he was 'grateful' for the California mansion he lives in with wife Meghan Markle during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Speaking on the Teenager Therapy podcast, he said: “For the majority of people I've spoken to in London, or in the UK, have been stuck in high-rise blocks of flats, unable to see any open grass or open green space.

    “We've felt incredibly grateful and fortunate to be able to have outdoor space where our son can walk his first steps.

    “It reminds me of how many people are stacked on top of each other and have been for month after month after month after month, and what that must do to people's mental health.”

  • Claire Hubble

    HARRY STRUGGLED WITH MENTAL HEALTH DURING LOCKDOWN

    Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle delved into mental health, among other topics, on an episode of the Teenager Therapy podcast, released today.

    During the podcast, Prince Harry discussed 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.”

    Despite the pandemic, Meghan said she is “doing well”, adding: “The past few months have been layered for everyone, we certainly can't complain, we are fortunate we all have our health, we have rooves over our heads.”

    Harry added: “The unique part of our work is whatever you're going through and whatever other people are going through, it's all relative to that environment that they're in.”

  • Claire Hubble

    MEGHAN 'MOST TROLLED PERSON IN THE WORLD'

    Meghan Markle opened up about experiencing backlash in the public eye on a mental health podcast with Prince Harry.

    Speaking on the Teenage Therapy podcast, 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.” 

    Prince Harry also hit out at online trolls who “hide behind usernames”, adding: “There are things that are said digitally that nobody would say in person”. 

    The Duke also said that, in the modern age, vulnerability was a “sign of strength” and not a weakness.

    Harry 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.”

  • Claire Hubble

    HARRY IS QUEEN'S 'PRODIGAL SON'

    Royal expert Ingrid Seward told the Daily Star that The Queen sees Harry as a “prodigal son”.

    Discussing Her Majesty's views on Harry's exit from the UK and stepping back from royal duties, Ingrid said: “There’s a story in the bible about the prodigal son, a boy who did everything wrong and then came back and his father accepted him back, I think that’s how the Queen views it.

    “She’s always willing to forgive, she may not forget, but she is willing to forgive.”

  • Claire Hubble

    QUEEN 'WILL FORGIVE' HARRY OVER MEGXIT

    Though Harry and Meghan's move from the UK to the US is rumoured to have ruffled feathers in the Palace, it's said that the Queen would still forgive her grandson.

    Speaking to the Daily Star, royal expert Ingrid Seward said Her Majesty would “likely” welcome the Duke and Duchess of Sussex back to their royal roles if they changed their minds.

    She said: “The Queen is a very very forgiving person, she deeply believes in forgiveness and not holding grudges and I think she would be totally happy to accept Prince Harry and Meghan Markle back in the Royal fold.”

  • Claire Hubble

    WILLIAM BEGGED UNCLE TO STOP HARRY RUSHING TO WED MEG

    Prince William angered Prince Harry by asking their uncle Earl Spencer to stop him rushing into marriage with Meghan Markle, an explosive new book claims.

    The Duke of Cambridge, 38, reportedly called in Princess Diana’s brother after “brusque” and “peppery reactions” to his own attempts to talk Harry round.

    The book states: “The result of the Spencer intervention was an even more bitter explosion.

    “Once again Harry refused to slow down.

    “He didn’t blame his uncle. He understood why Diana’s brother should want to help.

    “Yet he was furious with his elder brother for dragging other family members into the row.”

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN'S CO-STAR WARNED 'DON'T LET HARRY HURT YOU'

    Meghan Markle’s Suits actor friend says he warned her not to let Prince Harry “hurt her” when she revealed they were dating.

    Co-star Rick Hoffman recalled offering some sage advice when she confessed her new flame was in fact royalty.

    Appearing on NBC News’ TODAY, the actor said: “I had gotten the news early and I was like, you’ve got to be kidding me?

    “It was like both of us in the trailer, just kind of like ‘you’re dating a prince?’…and then I was just like take it slow, be careful, don’t let him hurt you.”

    Meghan's other co-star Sarah Rafferty said at the time the cast were very close.

    She said: “We called ourselves the sister wives…we were with each other for longer than we went to college or high school with our friends so we became family. We’re still family so this is a wonderful family affair.”

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN'S HEELS SELL OUT IN HOURS AFTER DOUBLE DATE WITH KATHARINE MCPHEE

    Since marrying into the Royal Family, Meghan Markle has proved she's a style force to be reckoned with.

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    Just like her sister-in-law Kate, items the Duchess wears often sell out within hours – and the shoes she wore on a double date with Katharine McPhee this week are no different.

    In photos obtained by the Daily Mail, Meghan was pictured outside Lucky's Steakhouse in LA in a chic camel jumper and jeans with a beige trench coat thrown over her shoulders.

    The Duchess finished off her outfit with a pair of statement orange slingback mules from American designer Chloe Gosselin.

    After Meghan was pictured in the £450 heels, the designer revealed on Instagram that they sold out in a matter of hours.

    But fear not fashion fans – they'll be coming back in stock in November and they've shot straight to the top of our wish lists.

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN AND HARRY 'WOULD HAVE RETURNED TO THE UK' IF NOT FOR COVID-17

    They may have carved out a new life for themselves in California – but Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “would have returned to the UK” by now if it wasn't for COVID-19.

    After Megxit was announced in January, the couple temporarily lived in Canada before moving to LA when the coronavirus crisis hit.

    A source told Harper's Bazaar: “Had it not been for COVID-19 and travel restrictions, they would have already been back in the U.K.–for things like Beatrice's wedding and Trooping of the Colour for example.”

    Earlier this year, it was revealed Harry and Meghan had bought an £11m mansion in Santa Barbara and signed a £112m deal with Netflix.

    This week, The Sun exclusively revealed that palace staff have been told to prepare Harry and Meghan's Windsor home Frogmore Cottage for the Duke's return.

    A source told The Sun: “Staff at Windsor have been told to prepare for the possibility Harry could come back.

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN 'REHEARSED TEA DRINKING SKILLS TO MEET THE QUEEN'

    She may know what it's like to learn lines – but former actress Meghan Markle had to rehearse how to properly drink tea when she met The Queen for the first time.

    Shortly before her engagement to Prince Harry was announced, Meghan visited Buckingham Palace for a meeting with Her Majesty.

    And according to royal expert Andrew Morton, the Duchess of Sussex had taken a secret excursion to Rose Tree Cottage to learn the dos and don'ts of afternoon tea.

    He explained: “It is where Meghan learned to crook her finger as she held her cup and saucer and sipped her Earl Grey — necessary skills to remember as she dropped a curtsy to her future grandmother-in-law.”

  • Lydia Hawken

    PRINCE WILLIAM 'FEARED FOR FUTURE OF MONARCHY' WHEN HARRY MARRIED MEGHAN

    In his biography Battle of the Brothers, royal expert Robert Lacey explained how Prince William was concerned about what impact his brother's marriage would have on the monarchy.

    The expert explains how the Duke of Cambridge had concerns about his brother's marriage to the former Suits actress in an excerpt of the book which appeared in People magazine.

    He wrote: “For William it was the future state of his monarchy—his sacred trust; while for Harry it was the love of the complex and captivating woman who had finally made sense of his life.

    “William worried that his brother was moving too fast in his courtship — and he did not shrink from saying as much when Harry started talking about getting hitched to Meghan quite soon.”

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN'S FIRST ROMANCE REVEALED

    It's hard to imagine Meghan Markle with anyone other than Prince Harry – but when she was a teenager growing up in the US, the Duchess enjoyed her first ever romance with a boy named Joshua Silverstein.

    And weirdly, he now raps on TV with James Corden.

    Meghan revealed the insight into her past in a little-known interview with American presenter Larry King.

    She explained that she had kissed her first crush at a summer camp.

    She said: “Joshua Silverstein. I was 13, it was a summer camp and I kissed him!”

    These days he's married to photographer Cynthia Guillenand has two children in LA.

    In an interview with MailOnline Joshua said: “We were together every day, we spoke on the phone a lot, we held hands and shared kisses.

  • Lydia Hawken

    ARCHIE'S FIRST EVER PRESENT REVEALED

    As the youngest member of the Royal Family, we can only imagine how many presents baby Archie received when he was born.

    Last year, The Sun exclusively revealed that the first ever gift the royal tot received was a lullaby written by the gospel choir which sang at his parent's wedding.

    Simply entitled The Lullaby, the choir’s award winning conductor Karen Gibson told The Sun the group hoped the song would bring the soon-to-be parents joy.

    Karen, 55, said: “To congratulate Harry and Meghan we recorded them a little lullaby some time ago.

    “At the moment it’s simply called Lullaby but the name is being worked on. I hope they get to hear it.

    “I really like Meghan, and as a couple they are making real efforts to right some wrongs in this world and I really like that.”

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN AND HARRY 'ASKING FOR A WAR' WITH TRUMP VOTERS, EXPERT CLAIMS

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are “asking for a war” with Trump voters by weighing on US politics, an expert has claimed.

    Speaking to the Express, brand and reputation management expert Eric Schiffer the couple's thinly veiled digs at the President last month will not go down well with the public.

    Referencing the couple's £112m deal with Netflix, the expert said: “That is like asking for a war with a part of America at a time when they want to build their brand and create a level of interest as producers and as entertainment creators.

    “There is no logic to create a partnership brand by in essence attacking the President and suggesting that people need to vote so that there is a reduction in hateful speech.”

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN FEARED SHE SEEMED TOO EAGER' AFTER FIRST DATE WITH HARRY

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's romance may be a total modern love story – but in the early days of their relationship, the Duchess reportedly feared she was coming across as "too eager."

    Writing in Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, Andrew Morton explained the pair first met when the former actress was in London promoting the new season of Suits in 2016.

    Describing the “first intoxicating meeting”, Andrew said: “They were mesmerised by one another, Harry enthralled by her beauty, sophistication and perceptiveness.

    “She understood him as a man, not a title… As he subsequently confessed, he realised that he would have to up his game.”

    Meghan was staying at the Dean Street Townhouse, in Soho, while Harry returned home to Nottingham Cottage, in Kensington Palace, at the end of the night.

    Andrew added: “Both were buzzing. As she relived that fateful evening in her mind, she perhaps wondered if she had been too eager to accept his invitation to meet again the following day.”

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN MARKLE STARRED IN CRISPS AD BEFORE SHE LANDED ROLE IN SUITS

    Like many aspiring actresses, it took Meghan Markle years to hit the big-time.

    Two years before she was cast in Suits, the Duchess of Sussex starred in a crisps advert in 2009.

    In the ad, Meghan, is seen shopping for snacks in a supermarket as she prepares for a party.

    Despite being the face of the crisps, producers hired another actress to provide the voice over.

    She ponders another brand, thinking about the ingredients list as the voice over says: “Thirteen ingredients?That’s more people than I invited to the party.”

    She then opts for Tostitos as they only have “three ingredients” and looks satisfied as she heads to the checkout.

    At the time she filmed the advert, Meghan was a little-known actress and was mainly landing bit parts in TV shows such as Fringe and CSI: Miami.

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN INTRODUCED MAKE-UP ARTIST TO £200-A-SESSION PSYCHIC

    A celebrity make-up artist praised his former client Meghan Markle for introducing him to a “truly gifted” psychic.

    Spencer Barnes, from LA, uploaded a shot of the former Suits actress on his Instagram and said how grateful he was for her recommending ($250) £176-per-hour Richard Win.

    Stephen gushed on the social media site: “Today I want to take a moment to thank this beautiful soul, meghanmarkle for introducing me to someone who has become a powerful friend over the last couple years.

    “His name is Richard Win. He is 72 years old and a gifted intuitive. He has proved to be a guiding light and a key support in helping me move an important project from the back burner to the front line.”

    He didn’t clarify if Meghan personally used the services of psychic Richard, only that she had passed on his details.

    What he did confirm was that Richard is now working with him regularly in a “developmental creative role” and that he would highly recommend his work.

  • Lydia Hawken

    THE QUEEN 'WILL FORGIVE PRODIGAL SON PRINCE HARRY – BUT WON'T FORGET MEGXIT'

    The Queen will be willing to “forgive” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family but “won't forget” Megxit, a royal expert has claimed.

    Speaking to the Daily Star, royal author Ingrid Seward said: “The Queen is a very very forgiving person, she deeply believes in forgiveness and not holding grudges and I think she would be totally happy to accept Prince Harry and Meghan back in the Royal fold.

    “Everyone thinks this is the end, he is walking away, but I think the Queen views Prince Harry a bit like the prodigal son.

    “She’s always willing to forgive, she may not forget, but she is willing to forgive.

    “I think Prince Philip has washed his hands of it now, there is very little they can do, they just have to let him get on with it.”

  • Lydia Hawken

    KATE WAS 'MORE SUITED' TO ROYAL LIFE THAN MEGHAN, FORMER ROYAL BUTLER CLAIMS

    They may have both married into one of the world's most famous families – but a royal expert has claimed that Kate Middleton was "more suited" to life as a royal than her sister-in-law Meghan Markle.

    Speaking to the Express, former royal butler Grant Harrold said: “When the Duchess of Cambridge married into the family, she was British, she went to St Andrews, she has a good education.

    “She was up on that, dare I say it, royal way of life. She wasn’t a stranger to it, she understood what she was expecting. It wasn’t second nature but it wasn’t difficult.”

    While Kate Middleton and Prince William had known each other for 10 years when they tied the knot in 2011, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had a more whirlwind romance in comparison – after Prince Harry popped the question after 18 months.

    Grant added: “The positives for Meghan I think is the duty of royalty has to have an element of acting about it – you have to put on a brave face, put the best foot forward, smile, say the right thing.”

  • Lydia Hawken

    BAG MEGHAN'S FAVOURITE TRAINERS FOR £65

    It's unusual to see Meghan Markle out of a pair of stiletto heels these days.

    But the former Suits actress isn't averse to stepping out in a pair of trainers – and affordable ones at that.

    Before getting together with Prince Harry, Meghan was regularly snapped on her way to and from her daily yoga class in Toronto in flats.

    Along with a pair of work-out leggings, Megs would wear the same pair of white trainers each time – and its logo even features the Union Jack.

    That's right, Ms Markle loves her trusty pair of Reebok Classics.

    Specifically, it's the brand's white leather low-top ones, and you can snap up a pair for £65 on ASOS.

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN’S SUITS SALARY REVEALED

    Before she married into the Royal Family, Meghan Markle was best known for her role as Rachel Zane in Suits.

    The Duchess of Sussex starred in the hit US legal drama from 2011 until 2018 and recorded over 100 episodes.

    And according to the Mirror, the Duchess was paid £37,000 for every episode – which raked up to £333,000 a year.

    At the height of her Suits fame, Meghan also charged up to £15,000 for speeches and public appearances – according to royal biographer Andrew Morton.

    After Meghan's incredibly powerful UN speech in March 2015 (in which the Duchess said she was “proud to be a woman and a feminist”), the biographer claims that the “chat show” offers and public speaking engagements “started to come in thick and fast”… and she soon began charging £15,000 for every speaking engagement.

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN WAS 'NEVER GOING TO BE A ROUTINE ROYAL'

    When Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family, she was already an established actress in her own right – and according to one expert, this means she was “never going to be a routine royal”.

    In his new book Battle of the Brothers, royal author Robert Lacey said the Duchess of Sussex was always going to want to forge her own path within the monarchy.

    He told the Daily Mail: “There is only one self-made millionaire in the Royal Family and that is Meghan Markle.

    “If they had sat down with her at the start and said, 'Let's talk about the things you are interested in', things might have been different.

    “But they just sent her off to watch the Queen opening the Mersey Bridge. There is nothing wrong with that, but they made the mistake of dealing with the spare's wife thinking she was just a routine royal. She was never going to be a routine royal.”

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