As amazing as it may seem, being a royal is not an easy task.
Apart from following boring traditions, attending hectic events and the responsibility to uphold their family’s name and values, they also have to endure increased public scrutiny. Perhaps that’s the reason most members of the British Royal Family either don’t have or don’t personally run their individual social media accounts.
Instead of sharing photos and posting updates about their daily lives, Prince Harry, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla either rely on their social media teams or the accounts of Clarence House, The Royal Family and Kensington Palace.
Now, with just a few months before the royal wedding, Meghan Markle has also joined the ranks of her soon-to-be-in-laws by saying goodbye to her Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. She regularly used to post photos of her travels, apparel and shots of her dogs.
Given the fact Markle hadn’t posted anything in a while, it was only a matter of time before she finally shut them down. However, the former “Suits” actress’ disappearance still took many of her fans by surprise.
It actually upsets me that Meghan Markle has to delete and uproot her entire life just because she’s joining the royal family.— Hanani Aslam (@NaaniiAslam) January 10, 2018
Never mind the fans of #MeghanMarkle, doesn’t anyone else think it’s sad she has to delete a whole chunk of her life to marry a man. Talk about feminism. ??— .Josie C Thomas. (@JosieThomas4) January 10, 2018
Sad to see Ms. Meghan Markle delete all her social media accounts. They could have been carried over into her new role and been a force for good— Jordon-Lee (@JordonLee) January 9, 2018
The 36-year-old had accumulated a legion of some 475,000 followers on her Twitter account. Meanwhile, she had more than 3 million followers on Instagram. Her Facebook page had nearly 800,000 likes.
“Ms. Markle is grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years. However, as she has not used these accounts for some time, she has taken the decision to close them,” said a palace source, according to the Us Weekly.
Meanwhile, those who’ll miss Markle’s glamorous snaps can check out the Kensington Palace account, which would now be handling all of Markle’s official photos.
Last year, Markle also deleted her lifestyle blog “The Tig” after posting a personal message to her fans.
“After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it’s time to say goodbye to The Tig,” she wrote. “What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy. Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being ‘the change you wish to see in the world.’ Above all, don’t ever forget your worth – as I’ve told you time and time again: you, my sweet friend, you are enough. Thank you for everything.”
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