Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Reportedly Quitting Social Media Permanently

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On January 8, 2020—the start of the longest year in history—Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they would be moving away from their roles as senior royals. It seems they are not done making significant changes in their lives as they move away from royal life.

A source close to the royals told The Sunday Times that the couple has “no plans” to use social media for their new Achewell Foundation and that they are “very unlikely” to return to their personal accounts.

The source says that the “hate” the couple has received on social media is the main reason behind their decision to reject social media.

This past October, Meghan did a guest spot on a special World Mental Health Day interview for the podcast Teenager Therapy, where she discussed her own battle with social media bullying.

“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world—male or female,” she said. “Now, eight months of that I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave or with a baby but was able to just be manufactured and churned out. It’s almost unsurvivable. That’s so big you can’t even think of what that feels like, because I don’t care if you’re 15 or you’re 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 added that she and Harry use their own personal experiences to help others process theirs, but she understands that everyone deals with things differently.

“We all know what it feels like to have our feelings hurt,” she said. “We all know what it feels like to be isolated or othered.”

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