New statements of the Duchess of Sussex: “I faced abuse while I was pregnant” VIDEO

At a time when social media is ubiquitous in our lives, Prince Harry's wife and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, spoke about “the seemingly endless toxicity” of them, confessing that he was the victim “harassment and abuse” while she was pregnant with Archie and Lilibet, the BBC reports.

The statements were made at the annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, where the former “Suits/Costume” actress was the keynote speaker at a high-profile event marking International Women's Day.

Meghan Markle also revealed that she no longer reads comments of this kind. She did not go to the event alone, but was accompanied by Prince Harry, who watched her from the front row of the audience attending the event.

Meghan Markle addressed various topics during the event. photo: GettyImages (Archive)

In the same vein, Prince Harry's wife confessed that people have “forgotten about our humanity” in some parts of the media and digital sphere.

Most of the harassment and abuse I faced on social media and online was when I was pregnant with Archie and LiliMarkle revealed.

“You think about it and you really realize why people would be so hateful – it's not malice, it's cruelty“, she kept saying.

At the event, Meghan Markle addressed a variety of topics, from the importance of diverse representation to the portrayal of motherhood in film and entertainment.

For her part, Prince Harry's wife claimed that she thinks “disturbing” the fact that women “Toss” with hate at each other on the internet, stating: “I can't understand this”.

If you read something awful about a woman, why do you share it with your friends? If it was about your girlfriend, your mother or your daughter, you wouldn't have done it.”

Responding to co-star Katie Couric's prompting, she revealed that a letter she sent aged just 11 to giant Procter & Gamble led to the replacement of a sexist dishwashing detergent ad.

Your voice is not small, it just needs to be heardMarkle added.

Present at the event, actress Brooke Shield joked: “That's one of the ways we're different, when I was 11 I played a prostitute“, referring to his role in the 1978 film Pretty Baby.

Rarer occurrences

Prince Harry and his wife have been heavily criticized, especially in the British tabloid press, after they distanced themselves from the royal family.

Since moving to California and establishing the Archewell Foundation, the couple's public appearances have been less frequent. The last visit of the former actress to England took place in September 2022.

There has been speculation online about a possible return to Britain on the occasion of the decade anniversary of the Invictus Games – established in 2014 by Prince Harry.

The Duchess of Sussex's appearance comes at a delicate time for the royal family as King Charles undergoes cancer treatment and Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, recovers from abdominal surgery in the UK.