The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave social media

Jessica Davis
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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

From Town & Country

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

Harry and Meghan’s decision is part of their new “progressive role” in America, reports the Times.

Despite gaining more than 10 million Instagram followers on their previous Sussex Royal account, they are “very unlikely” to return to social platforms on a personal level and have “no plans” to use their following for their new Archewell Foundation.

Meghan Markle has previously spoken about the “almost unsurvivable” online abuse she received while on maternity leave.

She recently appeared alongside her husband on the Teenage Therapy podcast, where she recalled being told that “in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world – male or female”.

She continued: “Eight months of that, I wasn’t even visible, I was on maternity leave with the baby – but what was able to be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable, it’s so big you can’t even think what that feels like.”

It comes as no surprise that Meghan’s mental health suffered after she was targeted with relentless trolling.

“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 said.

Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

Their decision to forgo social media comes a year after they announced they would be stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.

At the time, Meghan and Harry confirmed that they intended to “step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family”, in an attempt to carve out a “progressive new role within this institution”, in a post shared to the official Sussex Royal Instagram account.

In March 2020 the couple shared their final Instagram post, thanking the community for “the support, the inspiration and the shared commitment to the good in the world”.

They added: “While you may not see us here, the work continues.”