Meghan Markle has a proven track record of social media savvy, but these days, she says she avoids at least one social media platform entirely. During a panel discussion for International Women’s Day at King’s College London on Friday, March 8th, the Duchess of Sussex was asked if she looks at Twitter. “My personal decision is to not to feed into negativity and be more cause-driven, action-based,” she said.
She added that she seeks out “journalism that’s really covering things that are going to make an impact, which we talked about backstage. We were talking about Tanzania and the article The Economist just did. Things like that, that are really talking about how the role of women is really shifting and changing. That’s key. Focus your energy there and not on the stuff that is perhaps muddling you.”
The royal mom-to-be, who was just named vice president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, joined a distinguished group of activists to advocate for women’s empowerment and equality. “If things are wrong and there is a lack of justice and an inequality, someone needs to say something,” she told the audience. “And why can’t it be you?”
Before her May 2018 wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan often leveraged her vibrant social media presence to champion her passions, including women’s and girls’ education around the world. Along with Twitter, she was active on Instagram and via her lifestyle blog, The Tig. In January 2018, she made the decision to delete all of her social media accounts—after closing The Tig the previous April. “Ms. Markle is grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years,” a palace source told People at the time. “However as she has not used them for some time she has taken the decision to close them.”
Earlier this month, the palace took the unprecedented step of issuing guidelines for those interacting with the royal family’s official pages on social media. “We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities,” the palace stated.