Meghan Markle just shut down all of her social media accounts
When it was announced a couple of months ago that Prince Harry was engaged to marry Meghan Markle, the whole world went a little bit mad. Rumors about their wedding quickly began to circulate, stories of the Suits star enjoying Christmas with the Royal Family made the headlines, and some sources even worked out what the couple's children would look like.
However, amongst all the celebration, Markle had to face a few not-so-exciting aspects to the upcoming nuptials. The actress had to prepare to leave her home in the states (and her precious dog), for example, and adjust to all the rules and regulations of being a British Royal.
As well as not being able to vote, show public displays of affection, or sign autographs, Markle also found out that she was not permitted to have any social media interaction. So, despite the wedding not being until May of this year, the 36-year-old soon-to-be Duchess has had to get rid of all her accounts.
As of today, Markle has shut down her Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.
It seemed she was gearing herself up for the move for some time, as she had not been active on them for a matter of months. "Ms. Markle is grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years," reported a palace source. "However, as she has not used these accounts for some time, she has taken the decision to close them."
The choice could not have been an easy one, as the actress had attained a following of 1.9 million people on Instagram, and a further 350,000 fans on Twitter. She also had almost 800,000 likes on her Facebook page, which was started up when she was primarily known for being an actress.
However, she may have a shot at starting up a new account in the future.
Some senior members of the Royal family do have Twitter and Instagram accounts, but they're mostly run by an official social media team. Kensington Royal, for instance, is the official Insta for the monarchy, and frequently gives updates on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Harry and Meghan.
Prince Andrew, otherwise known as the Duke of York, does occasionally write his own tweets, though, so there is a chance that Markle would be able to do the same in the future.
Even so, the actress would have to be incredibly careful about what she said, as she would be unable to express political opinions and - more importantly where Instagram is concerned - post selfies. As a Royal she has to maintain a certain amount of dignity and impartiality, and - apparently - having a social media account of any sort would put her at risk of violating that.
Thankfully, fans of the Royal couple won't suffer too much, as the official palace accounts are actually pretty good at keeping us updated with adorable pictures. Just yesterday, the pair were snapped on their first official visit in London.
Overall, it doesn't seem like Markle is too bitter about the policing of her internet activity. After all, in the grand scheme of things, shutting down a few social media pages in return for life as a Princess doesn't seem like such a bad deal.