The Major Step The Royal Family Took to Protect Meghan Markle

Today the British royal family, especially the Fab Four — Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle — have another layer of security to consider than their royal predecessors.

Online security is a factor their security team has to consider. Keep reading to learn what the royal family did to protect Markle when she became a royal.

Kensington Palace Instagram

The Fab Four are regularly featured on Kensington Palace’s Instagram and Twitter feeds. It just comes with the territory of being a working royal.

But when Markle started dating Prince Harry, the online scrutiny got so bad, in an unusual move for Kensington Palace, Prince Harry released a statement about her protection and safety.

Royal fever only intensified when Markle and Prince Harry got married in May 2018 and now that they’re expecting their first child together, the attention they receive has only increased.

Royal family published guidelines for social media

According to E! News, the royal family has published guidelines for their social media accounts, entitled Social Media Community Guidelines. The document has specifics on comments and states that they will not hesitate to involve authorities if a comment warrants it.

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CARDIFF, WALES – JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle departs from a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Straight from the royal family’s guidelines, here’s what comments on any of their social media accounts can’t involve:

“Comments must not:

  • Contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence.
  • Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • Breach any of the terms of any of the social media platforms themselves.
  • Be off-topic, irrelevant or unintelligible.
  • Contain any advertising or promote any services.”

Scrolling through the royal family’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, one can see a flood of comments remarking on the physical appearance of the royal family.

Most are positive with lots of heart and shooting star emojis. But some are negative. And like any other celebrity in the spotlight, the constant criticism can be trying.

How Markle feels about being off social media

Before she got heavily involved with the royal family, Markle had an Instagram account she used to post about her life and about her blog, The Tig. Since she deleted her account, she’s commented on being out of the Instagram game.

Meghan Markle Old Pics Instagram

During her tour of Australia with Prince Harry in October 2018, Markle told a woman it felt “freeing” to not be on social media and that “flattery and criticism run through the same filter.”

Does Markle have a secret Instagram?

Markle reportedly set up a secret Instagram account under a fake name to keep up with her friends. But, a source told The Sun, she shut it down in December 2018.

“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,” the source said.

Both Markle and Prince Harry became worried about the threatening language they were seeing on social media, according to E! News.

“Harry has fed into this — he’s hugely protective and doesn’t want her to be put at any risk, so that understandable worry has made her very uneasy,” the source told The Sun. “There is no way she’d consider putting her personal safety and that of her unborn child at risk.”