Harry and Meghan won't use social media again due to abuse they receive online

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

From Harper's BAZAAR

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are rejecting social media after becoming "disillusioned" by the amount of abuse they have encountered online.

Harry and Meghan - who acquired over 10 million followers on Instagram before stepping down from official duties - are renouncing social media as part of their new "progressive role", The Sunday Times reports.

A source close to the duke and duchess told the publication that they have "no plans" to use social media for their Archewell foundation and are "unlikely to return in a personal capacity".

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Their decision comes after Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter "due to the risk of further incitement of violence", the company said.

Meghan has spoken candidly about the "almost unsurvivable" abuse she was subjected to online, and recalled being told back in 2019 that she was "the most trolled person in the entire world".

Speaking about the online trolling she was subjected to while on maternity leave, Meghan told the Teenage Therapy podcast: "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."

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

Before marrying Harry, Meghan had 1.9 million followers on Instagram, and ran a lifestyle website blog called The Tig.

Meanwhile, couple launched their new charitable foundation Archwell last year, aimed at "driving cultural change" and putting "compassion into action".

"We connected to this concept for the charitable organisation we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son's name. To do something of meaning, to do something that matters," their representative said.

A spokesperson for Archewell recently confirmed to Bazaar.com that Harry and Meghan have forged a philanthropic partnership with food relief charity World Central Kitchen, to provide funding to construct four special Community Relief Centres around the world.

Last month, Harry and Meghan launched a special episode of Archewell Audio, which featured uplifting words from a host of high-profile names from the worlds of philanthropy, social activism, entertainment, and sport. Their 19-month-old son Archie also made his very charming debut.

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