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Meghan Markle deleted her Instagram to ‘protect her mental health’

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Before Meghan Markle married into one of the most famous families in the world, she boasted nearly 2 million followers on Instagram.

And the former actress had 350,000 people reading her Tweets, with another 800,000 fans on Facebook.

But the Duchess of Sussex made the bold decision of deleting her accounts when she became a royal.

Prince Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal duties this year after months of sensational discussions over their future.

The Sussexes relocated to California to prioritise their family and their mental health, hoping for more privacy and independence.

They recently put pen to paper on a eye-watering Netflix deal that will see them produce ‘inspiring content’.

And the couple have spoken out about the danger of social media, with Prince Harry calling out platforms for stoking ‘a crisis of hate’.

According to reports, that is actually why Meghan deleted her social media platforms.

Original theories suggested that the former actress was forced to quit the platforms, along with her now-defunct blog The Tig, to follow royal protocol.

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But the Duchess revealed in an interview that it was a personal decision to protect her mental health.

Speaking previously to Fortune, she said: “I’ve made a personal choice to not have any account, so I don’t know what’s out there, and in many ways that’s helpful for me.

“Something, algorithmically, is creating this obsession. There are very few things in this world where you call the person who is engaging with it a user.”

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The couple have been clear in their desire to change the way we use social media.

In an opinion piece for the US business magazine Fast Company in August, the Duke revealed that they had begun campaigning for change in social media “a little over four weeks ago”.

He wrote: “Some may ask why a change campaign would take aim at online advertising.

“Well, many of us love and enjoy social media. It’s a seemingly free resource for connecting, sharing and organising. But it’s not actually free; the cost is high.

“Every time you click they learn more about you. Our information, private data and unknown habits are traded on for advertising space and dollars. The price we’re all paying is much higher than it appears. Whereas normally we’re the consumer buying a product, in this ever-changing digital world, we are the product.”

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