Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made ‘financially-motivated’ decision to quit social media to ‘safeguard their content’ after £100million Netflix and Spotify deals, rather than a taking principled stand, royal expert claims
- Harry and Meghan will not use social media to promote new charity Archewell
- Stopped posting to their Sussex Royal Instagram and Twitter accounts last year
- Royal correspondent Russell Myers predicts decision is financially motivated
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are quitting social media to ‘safeguard their content’ after signing an £100million deal with Netflix and Spotify, a royal expert has claimed.
It was revealed last week that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not use social networks to promote their new Archewell Foundation, or return to their Sussex Royal Instagram and Twitter accounts, which they stopped using last year.
It’s equally unlikely that Meghan will resume posting personally, even though she was an avid Instagram user in her Suits days, and the couple have spoken out against ‘toxic’ online culture in recent months.
However, royal editor Russell Myers today claimed on Lorraine that the choice is more ‘to do with money’ than taking a principled stand.
He said that while the couple have criticised social media in the past, they have signed ‘big money deals’ and wont want to give content away ‘for free’.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are quitting social media to ‘safeguard their content’, a royal expert has claimed. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a Time100 talk last year
Royal correspondent Russell Myers predicted on Lorraine this morning that their choice was ‘to do with money’
Russell said: ‘This big new charity launch will not have a social media presence and they aren’t going to have a personal one.
‘Now I think this is probably to do with their big deals with Netflix and Spotify. They have signed big money deals with those corporate giants and obviously they want to safeguard their content. They don’t want to give it away for free.
‘But they have had a record breaking Instagram page, and they want to produce video and audio content – so I imagine its to do with the money.
‘They have spoken about the ills of social media and how they feel it is toxic, but reading between the lines, I think we will see a lot of them on Netflix and Spotify.’
In March last year the couple wrote a lengthy post pinning their decision to quit the account on wanting to focus attention of the coronavirus pandemic
It comes a year after the couple, pictured on Commonwealth Day 2020, announced they were stepping back from official duties and this decision to leave social media signals a further step away from their existence as royals
Harry and Meghan originally became disillusioned with social media after receiving ‘hate’ online during their time as working royals, but have continued to garner attention through projects with Netflix and Spotify.
It comes a year after the couple announced they were stepping back from official duties and their latest decision to leave social media for good signals a further step away from their existence as royals.
In a final post to their Sussex Royal account in March, the couple wrote: ‘As we can all feel, the world at this moment seems extraordinarily fragile.
‘Yet we are confident that every human being has the potential and opportunity to make a difference—as seen now across the globe, in our families, our communities and those on the front line—together we can lift each other up to realise the fullness of that promise.’
Russell told Lorraine (left) the choice was financially motivated rather than because of the ‘toxic’ online culture the pair have previously spoken out against
He claimed that while the couple have criticised social media in the past, they have signed ‘big money deals’ and wont want to give content away ‘for free’
In October last year, Meghan compared social media users to ‘people who are addicted to drugs’ during a virtual summit appearance for Fortune.
‘There are very few things in this world where you call the person who’s engaging with it “a user”. People who are addicted to drugs are called users and people who are on social media are called users,’ Meghan said.
Meghan, 39, has also previously spoken about being ‘the most trolled person in the world’ on the Teenager Therapy podcast. She said experiencing abuse while preganant left her feeling ‘isolated’.
‘I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female,’ she said.
‘Now, eight months of that I wasn’t even visible — I was on maternity leave or with a baby … If people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging … That’s so big, you can’t even think of what that feels like.’
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