On October 11, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opened up about life at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic while chatting with Malala Yousafzai to mark International Day of the Girl. The couple joined the Nobel Peace Prize winner during a video call to discuss global girls’ education, but toward the end of the conversation, Yousafzai couldn’t help but ask the royals what they have been doing while in lockdown, to which Markle responded that they were “spending time with our little one.”
Prince Harry also gushed about the 18-month-old. “We were both there for his first steps, his first run, his first fall, his first everything,” he replied, per Elle.
The duchess added that they may have missed out on the opportunity to spend “a lot of really good family time” if not for quarantine. “I think in so many ways we are fortunate to be able to have this time to watch [Archie] grow, and in the absence of COVID, we would be traveling and working more externally, and we’d miss a lot of those moments,” she said.
Later in the conversation, Prince Harry also acknowledged how tough the pandemic has been for families. “These are really special moments, but at the same time, as Meghan says, we’ve been working really, really hard, because we completely understand and get how challenging this is for absolutely everyone,” he said. “And I think the longer it goes on for, the more it’s going to be felt, especially from a mental health aspect. So this is a really unifying moment to bring everybody together and just acknowledge what everyone has been through.”
That’s just one reason the former senior royals are continuing to speak out about mental health and normalize checking in on friends and loved ones.
On October 10, the duchess discussed her own mental health struggles in the latest episode of the Teenager Therapy podcast. During the conversation, Meghan Markle reflected on being the “most-trolled person in the entire world” for an entire year, noting that her experience was “almost unsurvivable.”
“I’m told in 2019 I was the most-trolled person in the entire world, male or female,” Markle said. “And eight months of that I was invisible, I was on maternity leave 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.”
The couple also shared their coping methods—Markle is partial to journaling, while Prince Harry takes part in daily meditations—while encouraging everyone, young and old, to reach out to their friends, doctors, and family if they need help.
You can listen, below:
Originally Appeared on Glamour