Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Instagram Posts Are ‘So Not About Them’ Anymore, According to Royal Expert

Now that their royal duties are behind them, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s Instagram posts have a much different angle — according to one royal expert, the focus is “not about them” anymore, as they use their platform to draw attention to worthwhile causes and what’s happening in the world.

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Prince Harry and Meghan left the royal family

Prince Harry and Meghan announced in January their plans to take a step back from their royal life in an attempt to escape the constant media scrutiny that had overwhelmed them. Queen Elizabeth gave her blessing, working with the couple to iron out the details in order for them to pursue a more relaxed life in Canada.

At the time, the queen released a statement in support of their decision. “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life,” she shared, in part.

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These are uncertain times. And now, more than ever, we need each other. We need each other for truth, for support, and to feel less alone during a time that can honestly feel quite scary. There are so many around the world who need support right now, who are working tirelessly to respond to this crisis behind the scenes, on the frontline, or at home. Our willingness, as a people, to step up in the face of what we are all experiencing with COVID-19 is awe-inspiring. This moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit. We often speak of compassion. All of our lives are in some way affected by this, uniting each of us globally. How we approach each other and our communities with empathy and kindness is indisputably important right now. Over the coming weeks, this will be our guiding principle. We will be sharing information and resources to help all of us navigate the uncertainty: from posting accurate information and facts from trusted experts, to learning about measures we can take to keep ourselves and our families healthy, to working with organisations that can support our mental and emotional well-being. In addition, we will focus on the inspiring stories of how so many of you around the world are connecting in ways big and small to lift all of us up. We are all in this together, and as a global community we can support each other through this process – and build a digital neighbourhood that feels safe for every one of us. We look forward to sharing more over the days and weeks to come…

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Their Instagram is showing a different side of the couple

While Prince Harry and Meghan took the first day of each month to highlight causes and charities on Instagram to raise awareness among their huge following, much of the posts still focused on their royal engagements.

With their move away from their royal duties officially beginning on Mar. 31, the couple finished up their final engagements and were expected to be quieter on social media.

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Sussexes are using their Instagram account to promote the need to stay home and practice social distancing as well as providing information about resources that people may want to reach out to for help.

“These are uncertain times. And now, more than ever, we need each other. We need each other for truth, for support, and to feel less alone during a time that can honestly feel quite scary,” the Sussex Royal account shared last week.

During the HeirPod podcast, royal expert Omid Scobie commented on their recent statement. “In the post they talk about uncertain times and we need each other more than ever,” Scobie shared. “It goes on to speak about the importance of empathy and compassion.”

He continued, “I thought it was really interesting that this was a post was so not about them. It was just them utilizing the 11.3million people following their account where they can create a positive atmosphere they can share content in.”

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With everything going on, it’s a lot to take in. Many of us may feel confused. Or alone, or anxious or scared…and in isolation, some of us may just feel bored, or that you don’t know what to do with yourself without your normal routine. It’s perfectly normal to be feeling any of these things. Our emotional well-being is challenged everyday whether we realise it or not, but our lives are usually filled with distractions. Now with constantly changing COVID coverage, we are all adjusting to this new normal and the feelings that come with it. But here’s the good thing (because right now we need to hear good things, right?): Yes, there is isolation and physical distancing, but there doesn’t have to be loneliness. There are resources that can help us all through this process, and ways that YOU can become one of those resources. @crisistextline @giveusashoutinsta @kidshelpphone and CTL Ireland are organisations that need new volunteers now more than ever and have an open door for you to get the support you need. • – If you’re home and feeling bored, you can digitally train to be a counselor and HELP someone who really needs your support! What an amazing way to use this time • – If you feel alone, overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious, you can text one of these lines and talk it through. • – If you are in an abusive relationship and now find yourself in isolation with your abuser, these counselors are there for you. You do not need to suffer in silence. And for those of you who don’t feel comfortable texting with a stranger, reach out to your friends, family and colleagues. Phone calls and video conferencing are such a great way to feel more connected – ask if they’re okay, tell them how you’re (actually) feeling, and use this time to really listen for the answer. If there is someone you know and are worried about, your text may be the thing that saves their life.

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They’re offering some much-needed support

The Sussexes’ post further shared, “There are so many around the world who need support right now, who are working tirelessly to respond to this crisis behind the scenes, on the frontline, or at home. Our willingness, as a people, to step up in the face of what we are all experiencing with COVID-19 is awe-inspiring. This moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit.”

They continued, “We often speak of compassion. All of our lives are in some way affected by this, uniting each of us globally. How we approach each other and our communities with empathy and kindness is indisputably important right now.”

In another post, they addressed the anxiety some may be feeling during this challenging time, providing information about “resources that can help us all through this process, and ways that YOU can become one of those resources.”