Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry will struggle to “catch up with everyone” without social media, royal commentators have warned. Although the Duke of Sussex has since refuted claims that he and his wife will not be rejoining online platforms, he still hinted that it may be a while before they do. Royally Obsessed podcast hosts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie discussed why this could backfire for the couple as they try to carve their new path outside the Royal Family.
Ms Fiorito told listeners: “It has to be such a weird dance for Meghan and Harry to figure things out.
“They have gone from not making statements about anything to making statements to wanting to make statements when they feel compelled.
“What is the balance there, how do you do that?
“It is interesting too because they have come to the States and have now the freedom to not just never explain, never complain.”
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She continued: “They do have the freedom to kind of speak for themselves.
“Yet they aren’t really able to use it because they’re not on social media.
“SussexRoyal the Instagram account is still up obviously, but they haven’t really used that to their advantage yet, that freedom.
“I think the essays like Meghan writing in the New York Times and Harry’s Fast Company from last summer are definitely their way of doing things now.”
In an interview with Fast Company, a progressive business magazine, Harry called for social media reform in the wake of the Capitol riots.
The Duke warned that “time is running out” to hold online platforms accountable.
He also addressed rumours surrounding him and Meghan, notably that they are quitting social media for good.
He said: “It’s funny you should ask because 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.
“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.”