Why Are Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Not Allowed to Have Instagrams?

When Meghan Markle agreed to marry into the royal family, she was forced to give up the career she had built prior to marrying Prince Harry. And along with that career, Meghan had to give up her entire Internet presence, including her lifestyle blog and all social media accounts. But why can some royals, such as Princess Eugenie, have Instagram accounts, but not others? It has to do with their importance.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle | Clive Mason/Getty Images

We’ve realized the most well-known royals cannot have a social media presence

When Meghan was preparing to marry Prince Harry, she subsequently closed all of her social media accounts. All who were hoping to get a glimpse into the American’s life as a royal through her Instagram were disappointed to learn they’d not have to leave it up to the media to publish pictures of Meghan as a royal. Kate Middleton, who married Prince William back in 2011, also does not have an Instagram account. Harry and Will don’t either. But why is it that Princess Eugenie can? And Eugenie’s sister, Princess Beatrice, has a Twitter account — but why? It all comes down to status.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle are ‘working’ royals

Royals with the highest status are considered “working” royals. This means that they make official appearances on behalf of the royal family. Certain expenses of theirs are paid by the Sovereign Grant, which is essentially money from the government to cover things such as travel. But as working royals, these members of the family must always have the most prestigious appearance (we’re going to disregard Harry’s nude photo scandal from a decade ago). As a result, having an Instagram that might allow certain things to be published without going through Kensington Palace would only open the family up to potential problems.

Those who aren’t working royals — such as Princess Eugenie — are allowed to have social media

Princess Eugenie and her sister are important royals, but they’re not that important. Yes, the queen loves them, but they’re not important in terms of royal status. As a result, they don’t have to follow the same rules the working royals must follow. Eugenie and Beatrice are free to essentially do as they please, as long as they keep a polished image. Since they’re not listed on the Royals’ official website, they can post photos at their leisure because they don’t need any kind of approval.

Those with the highest royal status simply are not allowed to have social media accounts

The answer is simple: Those with higher status (Will, Kate, Harry, Meghan, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, etc.) are not allowed to have social media accounts. Those with lower royal status (Eugenie, Beatrice, etc.) are allowed. There are plenty of royal rules the working royals must follow that the other royals don’t have to, including nail color, career choice, physical appearance, and more. Instagram accounts just happen to be one of them, so we won’t see Meghan posting any royal baby photos any time soon.

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