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Royal Family unmasked: How Queen has secret social media account

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The Queen celebrated her 94th birthday during lockdown and is thought to be taking a step back from strenuous royal duties for the next few months, laying low in Windsor Castle. However, there is no indication that her health has suffered during the pandemic and she is clearly keeping her finger on the pulse. She impressed carers when she took part in her first public Zoom call and thanked them for their services during the health crisis.

But, this is not the first time the monarch has kept up with technology.

Back in 2017, journalist Brian Hoey claimed: “She has her own mobile, has learned how to text and her phone is among the most sophisticated in the world.

“It is encrypted, like those used by the security services, and is said to be impossible to be hacked into.

“When she needed expert tuition in how to operate it, she was able to turn to her eldest grandchildren, Peter Phillips and his sister, Zara, who are wizards with all kinds of electronic gadgets.

“The royal mobile is kept fully charged at all times by Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal assistant and senior dresser.

“It’s an ultra-slim model with a camera, small and light enough to fit in a pocket or handbag.”

The sovereign is no stranger to the Internet either.

Writing in The Daily Mail, he continued: “The Queen also has an iPad and a laptop, and she has a personal account on Facebook — though no one outside the Palace knows how many ‘Friends’ she has.”

Social media is a relatively new addition to the royal household, and has caused a storm between various senior members of the Firm in recent years.

Harry is believed to have had a secret Facebook account when he was growing up, under the name of Spike Wells, and later a private Instagram page under the handle of @spikeyMau5 — although this page has no photographs but just a bio which reads: ‘Not Prince Harry’.

Princess Eugenie set up her personal Instagram account, @princesseugenie, on International Women’s Day in March 2018 and now has 1.2 million followers.

Prince William and Kate Middleton set a shared page to represent Kensington Palace and Harry was initially included in it.

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However, it was a symptom of the deeper rift between the couples when Harry and Meghan Markle decided to set up their own separate Instagram account called @sussexroyal in April last year.

There was reportedly an element of rivalry between the two accounts as well, as both quickly acquired 11 million followers.

Kate now uses the platform to post personal photographs she has taken of her children to celebrate special occasions, such as Prince George’s seventh birthday.

Harry and Meghan used their Instagram account to announce the astonishing news that they planned to step down from the royal frontline earlier this year, in an attempt to find “financial independence”.

However, their account has since gone out of use.

While negotiating the terms of their exit with Prince Charles, William and the Queen, it was decided that the couple could no longer use the word “Royal” in any of their future work.

As a result, they are in the process of setting up a new charitable venture called Archewell and winding down the Sussex Royal Foundation.

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