Meghan Markle insisted that all social media users are like ‘drug addicts’ when she last appeared on the virtual summit – despite spending many years as a prolific Instagram user.
The 39-year-old made the daring and somewhat hypocritical comparison at the Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen virtual summit on Tuesday afternoon – an online event only for guests willing to pay a fee of $ 1,750.
“There is very little in this world where you call the person who engages in it ‘a user’. People addicted to drugs are called users and people who are on social media are called users, ”Meghan said.
Disclaimer: Meghan Markle made a bold comparison between social media users and drug addicts during her last virtual summit appearance on Tuesday
Vocal: Speaking from the $ 14 million California house she shares with Prince Harry and their son Archie, the 39-year-old said social media has the same addictive power as drugs.
“There is something algorithmic that creates this obsession which I think is very unhealthy for a lot of people.
“ I have a lot of worries for people who have become obsessed with it and it’s so part of our daily culture for so many people that it’s addictive. ”
Meghan added that she believes social media has the ‘same ability’ to be addictive as drugs.
Interestingly, the Duchess of Sussex appeared to stand out from this group, telling Fortune associate editor Emma Hinchliffe that she ‘hasn’t been on social media for very long’ – despite sharing a Sussex Royal official account with Prince Harry for several years. before resigning from the royal family.
Before meeting her husband, Harry, 36, Meghan also spent many years managing her own personal social media accounts, which she often used to promote her work as an actress, as well as her lifestyle blog today. ‘hui disappeared The Tig.
She shared many personal aspects of her life – including food photos and vacation photos – and even hinted at her relationship with Prince Harry in his early days by sharing a photo of love hearts shortly after. after the couple first met.
When she made the decision to shut down her social media accounts in 2018, after announcing her engagement to Prince Harry – Meghan had amassed 1.9 million Instagram followers, and she also had an official Facebook and Twitter page which were both closed at the same time. .
Hypocritical? Interestingly, Meghan spent many years as an avid Instagram user, regularly posting personal photos to her account – which had 1.9 million subscribers when it closed.
Personal: The Duchess of Sussex insisted that ‘for her preservation’ she no longer uses social media, having closed her personal accounts in 2018 after her engagement
Critical? While discussing the official Sussex Royal account she shared with Prince Harry, Meghan referred to the royal family only as ‘the institution’
Meghan and Harry then began sharing almost daily posts on their official Sussex Royal Instagram account, which they set up to have their own social media presence away from Prince William and Kate’s Kensington Royal profile.
However, the mother-of-one said at the summit that ‘for her own preservation’ she ‘hasn’t been on social media for a very long time’, insisting she does not manage the Sussex Royal account, which was instead managed by a special team .
The former Suits star also appeared to deal a thinly veiled blow to the royal family, referring only to her husband’s family as ‘the institution’ while discussing the couple’s official Instagram account, which has been closed shortly after leaving their roles and moving to the United States.
‘We have had [an Instagram account] through the institution and our UK office. But it was not handled by us, it was a whole team, ” Meghan said, adding that she had “ made the personal choice not to have an account ”.
‘I made the personal choice not to have an account so I don’t know what’s out there and in many ways it helps me,’ Meghan said of her decision not to sign up with social media.
Meghan went on to denounce the ‘lasting effects’ of social media, telling young summit attendees:’ I don’t even think people have started to scratch the surface of what [social media] U.S.
While the mother of a child has not been on social networks for several months – whether personal or professional – she has not hesitated to use other digital platforms to warn against the dangers of negativity online, echoing warnings at many of the virtual summits she’s been to over the past six months.
Take a step back: Harry and Meghan closed their Sussex Royal Instagram account when they stepped down as royals and moved to the United States, and have yet to join social media
This online event is the latest in a long string of summit appearances made by Meghan over the past six months – including a keynote speaker role at the Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit just two weeks ago .
Since stepping down as members of the Royal Family, Meghan and Prince Harry have increasingly spoken out on a range of topical issues, including Black Lives Matter and the removal of voters.
Most recently, the couple joined Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai from their $ 14 million home in Santa Barbara for a video that was shared on the Oxford graduate’s social media accounts on the Day. international girl.
During the recording, Harry and Meghan discussed the importance of girls’ right to an equitable education and explained how the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on young women’s access to education.
Meanwhile, Meghan also revealed that they had ‘a lot of good family time’ during the pandemic, with Prince Harry saying: ‘We were both there for Archie’s first steps, his first race, his first crash, everything. ”
However, not all of the couple’s online discussions have been without controversy.
At the end of September, the couple sparked a backlash when they opened up about the upcoming U.S. election in a video for Time 100 that saw Harry urging people to ‘reject hate speech’, while Meghan called the presidential race ‘the most important election of our lives’.
While the couple did not express support for any particular candidate, their words made waves on both sides of the Atlantic and were seen as anti-Donald Trump, including by the president himself.
Their decision to make a statement on the presidential election is also in direct opposition to the Royal Family’s policy of maintaining political neutrality.
Last week, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that Missouri Congressman Jason Smith is sending a letter to the British Ambassador to the United States asking the Queen to strip Harry and Meghan of their royal titles in response to their decision to “ interfere ” in the election.
The congressman insisted in his letter that the Sussexes were using their royal titles to influence voters, and noted that the United States had expressed concerns about foreign interference in its elections.
“As you know, the British royal family has long followed a policy of strict neutrality in political matters. So I am concerned about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s recent comments regarding the United States presidential election, especially given the international conversations surrounding foreign interference in our elections and the Duke’s status as a guest from the United States, ” he wrote in the letter, one a copy of which was obtained by DailyMail.com.
Smith called the couple’s actions a “ serious breach of the policy of political neutrality of the British Royal Family and an inappropriate act of domestic interference by one of our closest allies. ”
The Queen controls Harry and Meghan’s titles but acts on the advice of the government – meaning it would be up to her to act against the couple, but that if Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked him to do so, she would ‘already done. to at least consider the request.
On Saturday it was reported that Harry could face a reprimand from the Queen amid concerns over his public comments on the policy as royal staff prepare for his return to the UK.
Palace staff are believed to have been asked to prepare Frogmore Cottage for the Duke’s imminent return – not to mention Meghan.
The Queen, 94, will likely meet Harry at her ‘HMS Bubble’ in Windsor after he returns to pick up audiences and small engagements.