Is this the real reason why Meghan Markle quit social media?

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Meghan Markle deleted all of her social media accounts in January 2018, just four months before she became an official member of the royal family.

And while we all might have thought it was down to her new role within the very private Windsor clan, it turns out it might have been down to something else completely.

Lyn Malcolm from Sydney spoke with the Duchess of Sussex when the royal couple sat with One Wave surfing community group on the shores of Bondi Beach on Friday morning.

Meghan Markle quit social media in January 2018, just five months before she became a royal. Photo: Getty Images

“She said you have to be really careful with social media,” Lyn told Yahoo Lifestyle.

“She said it’s important to feel really ok within yourself regardless of what happens on social media. You might get lots and lots of likes and one dislike and you feel terrible.

“All of it doesn’t really matter, it’s all about how you can get to feel within yourself. That was really powerful.”

Indeed, Princess Eugenie, the Queen’s granddaughter and Prince Andrew’s daughter, has her own Instagram account, which she regularly posts photos to.

Meghan was an avid Instagram fan before she met Prince Harry and she even had her own blog, called The Tig.

Meghan use post photos from her holidays. Photo: Instagram/Meghan Markle
And snaps with her dog. Photo: Instagram/Meghan Markle

She would regularly post pictures to her Instagram account of her in various yoga poses, her beloved dogs and her cozy apartment.

However, in January 2018 all of her photos vanished, just two months after her then fiancé, Prince Harry, released a statement claiming Meghan ‘has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment’.

He slammed the ‘outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.’

Prince Harry previously spoke out about his dislike for social media when he gave a speech at the One of Us mental health campaign in London in 2017.

“People are spending far too much time online and it’s like a mental running machine that they can’t get off.”

Prince Harry has previously spoken out about his dislike for social media. Photo: Getty Images

He added that he thinks people need to switch off and speak to each other more.

Down in Bondi on Friday, local Lyn Malcolm revealed that chatting to Meghan is like ‘talking to a friend’.

“She was just so natural and so lovely and she’s completely tuned in to the whole thing,” Lyn said.

“She said this is my first time in Australia and I’d love to come back and maybe the three of us will come back.”

Kavie Jarrott also told Yahoo Lifestyle the secret to how Meghan beats jetlag.

“She was saying yoga is what she does. It’s her outlet,” Kavie said.

“So at 4:30 in the morning she woke up. She was jetlagged and she just go up, did her yoga in the house and that was enough to give her the energy to get her through the day.”

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