Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might not be staying away from social media forever. In an interview with Fast Company, Harry said that he and his wife might return to their old platforms—if a few things change first.
“We will revisit social media when it feels right for us—perhaps when we see more meaningful commitments to change or reform—but right now we’ve thrown much of our energy into learning about this space and how we can help,” he said.
In the interview, Harry corrected sources who, earlier this month, said the couple has “no plans” to use social media for their new Achewell Foundation and that they are “very unlikely” to return to their personal accounts.
He told Fast Company that he was actually not even aware of this report. He said “ironically, we woke up one morning a couple of weeks ago to hear that a Rupert Murdoch newspaper said we were evidently quitting social media. That was ‘news’ to us, bearing in mind we have no social media to quit, nor have we for the past 10 months. The truth is, despite its well-documented ills, social media can offer a means of connecting and community, which are vital to us as human beings. We need to hear each other’s stories and be able to share our own. That’s part of the beauty of life. And don’t get me wrong; I’m not suggesting that a reform of the digital space will create a world that’s all rainbows and sunshine, because that’s not realistic, and that, too, isn’t life. There can be disagreement, conversation, opposing points of view—as there should be, but never to the extent that violence is created, truth is mystified, and lives are jeopardized.”
In an interview last year, Meghan Markle revealed that she was the most trolled person in the world in 2019. She added that for most of that year she was pregnant or taking care of an infant; she wasn’t even doing public engagements.
“That’s so big you can’t even think of what that feels like, because I don’t care if you’re 15 or you’re 25, if people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging,” she said.
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