Over the weekend, we reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were quitting social media because of all the hate that they were receiving online. However, a source has now come forward to claim that Harry and Meghan are planning to move forward by using the digital world for good.
The source told Entertainment Tonight that Harry and Meghan have not actually quit social media forever, adding that they are currently figuring out how best to use social media in the future in a positive way.
Back in October, Meghan opened up about how being “the most trolled person in the entire world” in 2019 affected her.
“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female,” she said. “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 even 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.”
Weeks later, she explained why she has chosen to distance herself from social media during the Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit.
“For my own self-preservation, I have not been on social media for a very long time,” Meghan said. “I had a personal account years ago, which I closed down and then we had one through the institution and our office that was in the U.K. that wasn’t managed by us — that was a whole team — and so I think that comes with the territory for the job you have.”
“I’ve made a personal choice to not have any account, so I don’t know what’s out there, and in many ways that’s helpful for me,” she continued, going on to add that she worried that people “have become obsessed with it.”
Even if Harry and Meghan do end up taking a step back from social media, fans will have plenty of opportunities to hear from them, as they have signed lucrative content deals with Netflix and Spotify.