Helena Bonham Carter has advised Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, to remember trolls' cruel comments are "not really about" her. Since marrying Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, in May 2018, Meghan has become a target for many U.K. newspapers - so much so that Harry took the unprecedented step of releasing a statement urging the press to cease their vilification of his wife. The royal couple is also undergoing legal action against two publications.
Helena has a unique outlook on the royal family after having played Harry's great aunt Princess Margaret in Netflix series The Crown, and was asked for her opinion on Meghan's situation by a caller on Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday night.
"I don't pay attention to it and I wish she wouldn't have to," Helena replied.
"I feel like there's just so much. It's just all too much. It must be really hard for her not to, but all I'd say to her is, as soon as you become well known and in the public domain you have to kind of accept that ...all that people think of you and write about you, and whatever, that's about them and it's not really about her.
"Why let the stranger... That was the most important or useful thing that somebody told me, is putting your self-esteem in the hands of strangers..."
The 53-year-old added she'd had a similar experience in a way when her casting as Princess Margaret was announced.
"So many people keep on giving me an opinion about every single part of the role. You didn't meet them. Everyone feels like they're an authority and, of course, unless you've met the person don't even voice an opinion," she said.