Meghan Markle says social media obsession is as bad as drug addiction
Meghan Markle has warned against the dangers of being addicted to social media and said she tries to avoid being controversial for the sake of her and Prince Harry’s son Archie.
The former Suits star told Fortune Magazine during its Most Powerful Woman Next Gen Virtual Summit on Tuesday that she has deleted all her own personal social media accounts to avoid becoming ‘obsessed’.
Sha said: ‘I have made a personal choice to not have any accounts so I don’t know what’s out there and in many ways that’s helpful for me. I have a lot of concerns for people that have become obsessed with it and it is so much a part of our daily culture for so many people that it’s an addiction.
‘Like many others, and you know, 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 and there is something algorithmically that is in there that is creating this obsession and I think it’s very unhealthy for a lot of people.
‘I don’t even think people have started to scratch the surface of what [social media] is doing to us.’
Meghan, 39, had personal Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts with millions of followers before she married Prince Harry in 2018 and decided to close them, along with her lifestyle blog The Tig.
She and Harry then used the official Sussex Royal account before they closed it in March after officially stepping back from royal life.
The duchess said that having Archie made her more ‘courageous’ but she now filters what she says in order to protect him.
She told the summit: ‘It’s interesting because my gut is that [motherhood] makes you more courageous. It makes you so concerned for the world they’re going to inherit, and so the things that you’re able to tolerate on your own are not the same.
‘For you go every single day “how can I make this better for him, how can I make this world better for Archie?” And that is a shared belief between my husband and I.
‘As a parent I can enjoy all the fun and silliness and games with my son, but I wouldn’t be able to feel proud of myself as a mum if I didn’t know that I wasn’t doing my part to make it a better place for him.’
She added: ‘At the same time I am cautious of putting my family in a position of risk by certain things, and so I try to be rather very clear with what I say and to not make it controversial, but instead to talk about things that seem fairly straight forward – like exercising your right to vote.’
They sparked outrage when their video urging people ‘reject hate speech’ in the ‘most important election of our lifetime’ was thought by many, including by Donald Trump, as anti-Trump.
Last week MailOnline revealed that Missouri Congressman Jason Smith was sending a letter to the British Ambassador to the United States condemning the royals’ ‘interference’ in the election and asking the Queen to strip them of their royal titles.
He said: ‘As you know, the British Royal Family has long observed a policy of strict neutrality in regard to political matters.
‘I am therefore concerned by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s recent comments regarding the United States Presidential Election, especially given international conversations surrounding foreign interference in our elections and the Duke’s status as a guest of the United States.’
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