Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, his wife, have reportedly abandoned social media and will no longer operate their accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
In the Sunday Times update, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex seemed to have become affected by the “hate” they encountered online and are trying to focus on their new “progressive roles” in the US.
A source close to the couple was quoted to have said that they had “no plans” to use social media to promote Archewell Foundation, a non-profit organisation they founded in 2020, and may likely not return to their personal pages.
The couple’s in an official Instagram account, @sussexroyal, with more than 10 million followers, has not had any new content added since the last post shared in March 2020, whereas, a post was last shared on their Twitter page in January 2020.
In Another source, the couple have also previously complained about their treatment on social media, as well as in the British press.
Meghan described past trolling of her as “almost unsurvivable” while Harry issued an unprecedented statement in 2016 denouncing “the racial undertones of comment pieces” and “the sexism and racism of social media trolls.”
Last year they launched a wide-ranging non-profit organisation, Archewell, after giving up their “Sussex Royal” brand as part of the terms of their departure from frontline monarchy duties
“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female. Now, eight months of that I wasn’t even visible, I was on maternity leave or with a baby,” she had said.
“But what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable, that’s so big, you can’t 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.”