‘Bullies drove me to suicide attempt... now I’m joining Prince to fight back’

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CAMPAIGNER Chloe Hine has told Prince William how bullies drove her to attempt suicide.

The teenager spoke out in a moving video as part of her role with the prince on a secret project to tackle cyberbullying.

The Duke of Cambridge appointed 18-year-old Chloe, of Havant, to be an ambassador for his Stop, Speak, Support campaign, which launched today.

In the video, Chloe recounts how bullies led her to self harm before eventually attempting to take her own life.

She is seen discussing how it affected her life with the prince, along with Lucy Alexander, whose teenage son Felix took his own life after being bullied.

Chloe’s story resonated with The Duke, who decided to put her at the forefront of his campaign.

She said: ‘I’m lost for words. He was kind, honest and at no point did I think I was speaking to a prince.

‘When he listened to me, he was genuinely listening. He even told me that he was nervous and remembered meeting my brother Lewis!

‘I am absolutely honoured to have worked with our future king. To be involved in this massive campaign is a huge step in the fight against online bullying. Bystanders can be just as guilty as bullies and this gives people the tools to help others in need.’

Chloe was invited to Kensington Palace to explain how cyber bullying left her feeling suicidal and alone.

Her experience led her to launch a charity called Beat the Bullies to help others in her situation.

The Royal Foundation’s Taskforce launches its campaign today, seeking to reach every 11 to 16-year-old in Britain.

Chloe’s story will be broadcast on Youtube and viewers will see her introduce Prince William who will announce the Taskforce’s first internet code of conduct, which has already prompted action from social media giants.

Leaders in the online industry have thrown their support behind the campaign and, over the last 18 months, as a member of the Taskforce Youth Panel, Chloe has worked in secret to help to devise the new code.

At the age of 13, Chloe tried to take her own life as a result of cyber bullying. Since then, she has worked to combat the rising issue of online abuse.