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Are Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Quitting Social Media For Good?

Are Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Quitting Social Media For Good?
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By Chananya De Ruiter
January 19, 2021
Disillusioned by the online hate, the royal couple say they have no plans to return to those platforms for their new Archewell Foundation

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have abandoned social media and will no longer use platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, the Sunday Times reported. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who have amassed more than 10 million Instagram followers, are rejecting social media as part of their new “progressive role” in America.

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. Last year, after abruptly resigning from British royal duties, the couple moved to California while still retaining prominent presences online. The couple are understood to have become disillusioned by the hate they encounter on social media. Meghan has spoken about the "almost unsurvivable" experience of online trolling, 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, after giving up their "Sussex Royal" brand as part of the terms of their departure from frontline monarchy duties, they launched a wide-ranging non-profit organisation, Archewell. Meghan also made a semi-return to acting, narrating a wildlife documentary on Disney+ in 2020. The royal pair have also started other creative ventures, including signing a multi-year contract worth tens of millions of dollars with streaming giant Netflix to produce "impactful" films and series, as well as signing an exclusive deal with Spotify to produce "uplifting and entertaining stories".

Related: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Unveil Their New US-Based Non-Profit, Archewell


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