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Harry, Meghan Quit Social Media

Harry, Meghan Quit Social Media

Tuesday, 12 January, 2021 - 09:00
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Photo: AFP

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have abandoned social media and will no longer use platforms such as Twitter or Facebook.


Harry and Meghan, who amassed more than 10 million Instagram followers as working royals, are rejecting social media as part of their new "progressive role" in America, The Guardian reported.


A source close to the couple said they had "no plans" to use social media for their new Archewell Foundation and were "very unlikely" to return to platforms in a personal capacity.


The couple is understood to have become disillusioned by the "hate" they encountered on social media. Meghan has previously spoken about the "almost unsurvivable" toll of online abuse and said she was the most trolled person in the world in 2019.


Meghan has previously spoken about the "almost unsurvivable" toll of online abuse and said she was the most trolled person in the world in 2019. Appearing on the Teenager Therapy podcast in October last year, she said: "I'm told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world. Now, eight months of that I wasn't even visible, I was on maternity leave or 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 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," she added.


Archewell, which they founded last year, does not have an official social media presence. Its aim, according to its website, is to "unleash the power of compassion to drive systemic cultural change" by non-profit work and "creative activations through the business verticals of audio and production."


The couple have signed multi-year, multimillion-pound deals with Spotify and Netflix, with plans to produce a podcast series and documentaries.


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