Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have reportedly quit social media for good due to the “hate” they’ve received from trolls one year after stepping down as senior members of the British royal family.
The Times of London reported that Meghan and Harry are “very unlikely” to return to platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook because of the “hate” they have been getting. A source close to the couple said that they had no plans to use social media for their new nonprofit venture, the Archewell Foundation, and probably won’t be using social media in a personal capacity.
Back in October, Meghan opened up about the hate she’s received online while appearing on the Teenager Therapy podcast.
“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female,” she said during the podcast. “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.”
This came a year after Harry issued a lengthy statement about his wife’s “private suffering,” as he called for an end to the harassment.
“To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in. … There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives. Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level. We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this.”
Meghan and Harry have barely been on social media ever since they posted their goodbye message in March 2020 on the Sussex Royal profile, assuring followers that “while you may not see us here, the work continues.” Since then, they have moved to the ritzy area of Montecito, California and have signed lucrative deals to create content for both Netflix and Spotify.