Are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Really ‘Making Diana Proud’?

There’s no doubt that Princess Diana would be big on social media. The “people’s princess” had millions of followers before social media was even invented. Before we had selfies, she was one of the most photographed people in the world. 

So it’s safe to say Instagram would have been her thing. Before social media, Princess Diana was already using photographs very strategically. She knew her power as a public figure, and she tried to bring awareness to various causes through photography.

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She was pictured holding hands with a man suffering from AIDS, during an epidemic of the disease. The public didn’t know a lot about how HIV and AIDS were transmitted. By being photographed simply holding hands with someone with the disease, Princess Diana educated the public without a word. 

Princess Diana was brilliant in her ability to use her image for the greater good. She never had the chance to try out social media, but her children have. And they’re using social media platforms to carry on her legacy.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are active on Instagram

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, made an Instagram account earlier this year. A lot of thought went into the Sussex Royal account. The couple was very careful about their color scheme, and all pictures are uniformly formatted with white borders.

Duchess Meghan apparently even studied Instagram algorithms. It’s not because they wanted to maximize likes on their selfies. They use their page almost exclusively for promoting charitable causes. 

Every month they post about a new cause. And usually, pictures of the duke and duchess are taken at charitable events or other meetings to promote social causes. 

One royal expert says it’s exactly what Princess Diana would have done on social media. According to the expert: “Diana would be so proud of what Harry and Meghan are doing with their platform at the moment – being creative with it, thinking outside the box, doing things differently.”

It’s not just social media

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may use Instagram to promote causes, but they’re not putting all their eggs in the social media basket.

The duchess also promoted various activists on her Vogue cover in September. The issue was highly publicized, and she undoubtedly brought a lot of awareness to some important causes. 

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry also took a trip to Africa this fall. The journey was highly publicized. Even people who don’t follow the royal couple on social media likely heard about the trip, and what they were doing there. 

They retraced some of Princess Diana’s steps while there. Prince Harry was photographed walking across the same former minefield in Angola as his mother. The princess visited in the 1990s.

Prince Harry and Kate Middleton deserve some credit too

Markle and Prince Harry are often favorably compared to Princess Diana, but her other son is doing his part to further her legacy as well. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, also have an Instagram.

The Kensington Royal account also does its part to promote charities. Most recently, Duchess Kate was photographed during an event for the Family Action charity, and the pictures were posted on social media. 

The older royal couple has more royal duties than Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, so naturally, their social media focuses more on the formal aspect of being a royal. It’s still important to note that they are very charitable and try to bring awareness to good causes when they can.

They may not have the same knack for public promotion as Princess Diana did or the freedom as Prince Harry, but Princess Diana clearly left her older son with an impressive sense of duty to the greater good.