When Meghan Markle left her role as Rachel Zane on the hit USA series Suits and got serious with her now-husband, Prince Harry, she also made some major lifestyle changes. Not only did the former actress retire from her profession, but she also shuttered her beloved lifestyle blog The Tig which she’d run diligently for many years as Editor-in-Chief. She also closed down all of her social media accounts including her fun and care-free Instagram page.
Now, rumor has it that the mother-to-be, like many celebrities has a secret Instagram account that she uses to keep up with her friends, loved ones, and everything that’s going on in popular culture.
For those of you asking, Duchess Meghan is not making a return to Instagram. You can blame a system glitch for her account resurfacing on the app this morning😅 pic.twitter.com/sz3JWbJ0fD
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) December 18, 2018
Does Meghan Markle have a secret Instagram account?
Meghan Markle did have a secret Instagram account at one point. Unfortunately, we can’t go looking for it now because the duchess deleted it just before the Christmas holiday in 2018. According to The Sun, even though Markle deleted her real Instagram account after getting engaged to Prince Harry in Nov. 2017, she couldn’t quite stay away from the social media platform. The Sun is reporting, “Since she shut down her public Instagram, she’d had a fake account to follow her friends.”
Prince Harry had a fake Facebook account once
The Duchess of Sussex is not the first royal to have a fake social media account. In fact, her husband, Prince Harry had a fake Facebook account under the name Spike Wells for many years. He had more than 400 friends on his account, but in 2012, the prince was forced to delete the page in the wake of his naked photo scandal in Las Vegas. His advisors did not want to chance any additional security breaches.
Why did Meghan Markle delete her Instagram account?
Having an IG account, even a private one, made the duchess curious about what’s being said about her. But in her last trimester of pregnancy, it got to be a bit too much. According to The Sun, “There was some really vile stuff written by social media trolls and obviously, she also saw the headlines about her. It really got to her and, in the end, she had to shut down that account just before Christmas, too, to protect her mental health. She felt very isolated and alone.”
We all know that social media can bring out the best and worst in us as human beings.
Why can’t royals have social media accounts?
Working royals like Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William, Duchess Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Duchess Meghan Markle make official appearances on behalf of the royal family. Therefore, many of their expenses are paid for on behalf of the Sovereign Grant –which is essentially government funding. Working royals must maintain a certain level of poise and decorum. Social media accounts are fickle and can open them up to scrutiny and possible scandal, so they are not allowed to have social media accounts. However, they do share umbrella accounts like Kensington Palace and Clarence House which are run by royal staffers.
Other royals like Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice have their own careers and are not “working royals.” Therefore, they don’t have to follow the same rules. As long as they keep a poised and polished image, lower status royals can do as they please.
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