Sources close to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle report that the couple has quit social media. This was apparently due to the incessant hostility and “hate” they receive from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, according to a UK newspaper.
No Plans for a Reversal
The source also revealed that the couple had “no plans” to engage the use of social media for their new project, The Archewell Foundation. They were also quoted as being “very unlikely” to restart using either platform personally. This comes as the couple indicate their rejection of social media both in a personal and professional capacity. They’re said to be keen on furthering their “progressive role” in the United States, according to The Sunday Times.
The Sussex Royal Instagram account they operated while they were working royals boasted a 10 million strong followership. However, both have had to endure vile abuse over the years, a fact they’ve repeatedly complained about, both on social media and in the British press.
Meghan has described online abuse she’s received in the past as “almost unsurvivable.” Harry himself has not been left unaffected as he issued a statement in 2016 criticizing “the racial undertones of comment pieces” and “the sexism and racism of social media trolls.”
They launched a diverse, non-profit organization called Archewell last year. Prior to that, they relinquished their “Sussex Royal” brand as part of the terms of their departure from monarchy roles.
The couple also have other engagements, recently signing a podcast deal with Spotify to tell “uplifting and entertaining stories.” They’ve signed a long-term deal reportedly worth tens of millions of dollars with streaming giant Netflix. Their brief is to produce “impactful” films and series. The couple is not in uncharted territory either, as Markle boasts extensive experience in the role, being a former television actress. She also narrated a wildlife documentary on Netflix earlier.