Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may have taken the decision to quit social media to prevent themselves from damaging Prince William’s “ego”, a royal commentator has claimed.
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit the Royal Family in early 2020, the couple also took the decision to retire their Sussex Royal social media accounts.
Since then, the couple have preferred to share news and family photos via official press releases, and Harry has been vocal in criticising online “trolls” while Meghan has called for an overhaul of social media.
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But, speaking to Kinsey Schofield on the To Di For Daily podcast, celebrity commentator Perez Hilton hinted that the ex-royals may have had other reasons for stepping back from the online world.
“Maybe they did it as a favour to the Queen or a favour to Prince Charles, or a favour to Prince William,” he suggested.
“What would happen if and when Meghan and Harry’s Instagram account, let’s say, surpassed that of William and Kate?
“That’s not a good look if the little brother, the spare, has more followers now than the future King. That could be bad for the future King’s ego.”
Since quitting royal life, Harry has reportedly had a tumultuous relationship with his brother, and the pair didn’t meet in public when the prince ventured back across the pond for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
But, with some commentators speculating that the Sussex’s brand may decrease in popularity over time – particularly as William’s children grow older – Perez claimed that the decision to quit social media may backfire.
He explained: “I don’t understand their decision, Harry and Meghan, to quit social media. Why did they do that? That makes no sense to me.
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“They’re just celebrities now, and it’s part of your business, part of your brand, to have social media.”
This comes as fans of the Sussexes eagerly await the release of Harry’s hotel-anticipated memoir later this year.
No official update has been provided by the prince since the book’s initial announcement in July 2021, but the autobiography is rumoured to have been signed off by lawyers and could be out at Christmas time.
Daily Star has contacted representatives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for comment.
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