Meghan Markle has revealed that she “loves” Matt Haig’s bestselling Notes on a Nervous Planet, the looks at how advances in technology and social media can exacerbate underlying mental health problems.
The 35-year-old Duke and 39-year-old Duchess of Sussex started their podcast series by asking activists, activists and famous friends Sir Elton John and James Corden to look back on the year.
And the 35-minute one-time special features commentary from writer Matt Haig, who is interrupted by the Duchess after introducing himself as a “writer”.
“I’m just going to jump in here because Matt is very humble,” says Meghan. “He is the author of several books, including the best-selling“ Notes on a Nervous Planet ”we love and“ Reasons To Stay Alive. ”This second is about his own experiences with major depression.
Haig – who also starred in Meghan’s guest editorial on British Vogue – is a prominent mental health attorney who has been open about his struggles to help others do the same.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle started their podcast series by asking activists, activists and famous friends Sir Elton John and James Corden to look back on the year. In the picture with a special Time100 lecture on Tuesday, October 20, 2020
The Duchess of Sussex revealed that she “loves” Matt Haig’s best-selling Notes on a Nervous Planet. In the picture, the author who attended the RIBA National Book Awards in London on November 20, 2018
Struggling with depression and anxiety in his mid-twenties, he nearly committed suicide – he’s since released Notes on a Nervous Planet – which offers a personal insight into how to feel happy and stay human in the 21st century.
Reflecting on this year, the author explains, “I was already a bit worried, as I often am in winter when the news got through, so it got all that stuff going.”
The novel (pictured) looks at how advances in technology and social media can exacerbate underlying mental health problems
“I was addicted to the news and found myself scrolling and scrolling and falling into some kind of Covid rabbit hole.”
‘A close family friend died of cancer. He was my father’s best man. I would have grown up with him somehow. ‘
“It felt especially painful that we couldn’t go to his funeral because it was literally only for the immediate family.
“That was something you would just automatically assume would always be an option – to go to someone you cared about in the funeral – and that was taken away.
Matt’s reflections come after writer Meghan defended Markle amid the storm that followed her announcement with Prince Harry, which revealed that as senior members of the royal family they would step down to focus on charity work and their family.
The author, whose mental health poem was published in September in the Duchess of Sussex’s edition of Vogue, previously shared a thank you letter he had received from Meghan that showed her flawless writing.
The couple’s newly formed Archewell Audio promises to produce programs that “uplift and entertain audiences around the world” and offer “diverse perspectives and voices.”
Author Matt Haig previously defended Meghan Markle amid the storm that followed her announcement with Prince Harry that as senior members of the royal family they would step down to focus on charity work and their family. Pictured at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on November 25th
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George the poet
Revealing that he was interested in countering the backlash the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had received, he described Meghan as “friendly” and joked that she had the “best handwriting in the world”.
In the September issue of UK Vogue, Meghan hailed his poem, which is an ode to a beach telling swimmers not to be body conscious.
Matt shared a picture of the note and tweeted, “Meghan Markle gets a lot of negative coverage today. Can I counter that by saying that not only is she friendly, but she also has the best handwriting in the world.”
In the note, which was written in calligraphy on a monogrammed “M” card, Meghan praised his book “A Note from the Beach” as a “household favorite”.
The note reads, ‘Dear Matt, since reading’ Notes on a Nervous Planet ‘last fall, it has immediately become a household favorite.
“When I knew I was going to guest out the September issue of British Vogue, I knew you had to be a part of it.
“Thank you for being a force for change. The world needs more of you! ‘
Matt’s defense came a week after Meghan and Prince Harry announced they were stepping down from their royal duties.
On Sussex Royal’s previous Instagram account, they wrote: “After many months of reflection and internal discussion, we have decided to transition this year to develop a progressive new role within this institution.
When revealing that he was interested in countering the backlash the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had received, he described Meghan as “friendly” and joked that she had the “best handwriting in the world” and shared a clipping the thank you letter she’d sent him last year
The writer, whose mental health poem was published in September in the Duchess of Sussex’s edition of Vogue, previously shared a thank you letter he received from Meghan and showed off her flawless writing
The cover of the September issue of British Vogue, “Forces for Change”, which was guest-edited by The Duchess of Sussex
A note from Matt Haig’s beach
I am the beach.
I was created by waves and currents.
I am made of eroded stones.
I exist by the sea.
I’ve been there for millions of years.
I was at the beginning of life.
And I have to tell you something.
I don’t care about your body.
I am a beach
I literally don’t give a f ***.
Your body mass index is completely indifferent to me.
I’m not impressed that your abs are visible to the naked eye.
I have no idea.
You are one of 200,000 generations of people.
I’ve seen them all.
I will also see all generations that come after you.
There won’t be that many. I’m so sorry.
I hear the whisper the sea tells me
(The sea hates you Poisoner. That’s what it calls you. A little melodramatic, I know. But this is the sea for you. All drama.)
And I have something else to tell you.
Even the other people on the beach don’t care about your body.
You don’t do it.
They stare or are obsessed with the sea their own Appearance.
And when you are If you think about yourself why do you care? Why do people care so much about a stranger’s opinion?
Why don’t you do what i do Let it wash you everywhere. Just allow yourself to be as they are.
A note from the beach first appeared in Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig.
‘We intend to step down as’ high-ranking’ members of the royal family and work for financial independence while we continue to fully support Her Majesty the Queen.
“With your encouragement, especially in recent years, we feel ready to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between Britain and North America and continue to do our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth and our patrons.
‘This geographical balance will allow us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition he was born into and give our family space to focus on the next chapter, including starting our new nonprofit organization .
‘We look forward to sharing full details of this exciting next step in due course as we continue to work with Her Majesty the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties.
Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support. ‘
The announcement met with mixed responses. Some expressed disappointment at seeing less of the couple, while others admitted that they were “not surprised” by the move.
When Matt responded to the news at the time, he defended the couple, writing, “Meghan and Harry [are told that if they] I don’t like the attention that should be pushed into the background.[[[[
Then]Meghan and Harry: * take a back seat * [and are told] How dare they take a back seat! ‘.
Elsewhere another follower wrote, “Best decision you can make for your family, Harry, good to you”.
“Good for her,” said another. “If Princess Diana had done the same, she would be still alive.
‘Harry was always the black sheep of this family and always wanted to leave. Well done!’.
Meghan wrote in Vogue last year introducing Matt’s play by saying, “A personal favorite and best memory for the summer season … or any time of the year, actually.”
Matt added that Meghan’s decision to record his play is a “surreal honor” and that he’s glad she “loves my stupid humor”.
‘This whole year feels like an impossible dream to be honest. Probably means that I’ll have a piano land on my head. ‘
After fighting his way back from the brink, Haig turned his experience into best-selling memories – reasons to stay alive.
The piece that the Duchess selected comes from his follow-up book Notes on a Nervous Planet and from the perspective of the beach.
It is reading: ‘I literally don’t give a f ***. Your body mass index is completely indifferent to me. ‘
It goes on: “The other people on the beach don’t care about your body either. You don’t do it. They stare or are obsessed with the sea their own Appearance.’