Meghan Markle launched an extraordinary attack on the impact of social media on young people during a Royal visit to New Zealand, claiming it can make their perception of self-worth “really skewed”.
The Duchess made the comments whilst visiting mental health workers in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, with her husband Prince Harry.
Referring to the impact of social media, Meghan said: “Young people find it so difficult.
“You see photos on social media and you don’t know whether she’s born with it or maybe its a filter.
“Your judgement of you sense of self-worth becomes really skewed when it’s all based on likes.”
Meghan deleted her Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts prior to marrying into the Royal Family.
The former actress had been a keen social media user, amassing 1.9million followers on Instagram and over ‘likes’ on Facebook.
Prince Harry also used the visit to speak about his personal mental health struggles.
He commented: “It took me about three or four years to start the journey and then after that you still have to find the right people to speak to.”
“Your judgement of you sense of self-worth becomes really skewed when it’s all based on likes”
“Young people find it so difficult”
The Prince was widely praised for breaking down stigmas last year after he spoke frankly about his own mental health battles, saying he has received therapy and been “very close to total breakdown on numerous occasions.”
He also raised his concerns about the impact of social media on mental health.
Prince Harry stated: “Issues stemming from social media and gaming are a major problem for young people in the UK and globally.
“Fingers are often pointed at the parents but that’s not always fair, as they too need to be educated about these things.”
“You see photos on social media and you don’t know whether she’s born with it or maybe its a filter”
During the meeting, the Royal couple met the co-founder of mental health charity Voices of Hope, which produced the viral ‘Dear Suicidal Me’ video last year.
This video saw young people who had beaten mental health issues reading suicide notes they had written previously.
The group’s founder Jazz Thornton explained how the video had saved the life of a 15-year-old Canadian girl.
The Sussexes were at the Maranui cafe in New Zealand’s capital
She said: “Her mother contacted us and said that her daughter was planning to take her life but then saw the video and went to speak to her instead.
“It saved her life.”
Prince Harry responded: “It’s amazing what you have done.”