Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has no plans to return to Instagram, contrary to her previous claims, according to her biographer and royal expert Omid Scobie. In a recent column for Yahoo, Scobie dismissed rumors that Markle would be returning to the social media platform, citing sources close to the Sussexes who called the reports “all trash.”
Markle had previously hinted at a possible return to Instagram during an interview with The Cut last year, saying “Do you want to know a secret? I’m getting back…on Instagram.” However, Scobie revealed that a return to the platform was merely “wishful thinking,” and that Markle currently has no account on the platform or plans to create one in the near future.
Rumors had also circulated that Markle had secretly created an account with the handle @Meghan, after an account with an unseen image of the duchess as a child and a profile picture of a pink dahlia – a symbol adopted by Sussex supporters – appeared on Instagram. However, there is no verification that the account is actually owned by Markle.
Markle, who left Instagram and all other social media platforms when she married Prince Harry in 2018, has been an advocate for the responsible use of technology and social media. In a speech at a virtual summit last year, she said that “we need to be careful what we’re consuming” and that “what you’re seeing and what you’re ingesting on a daily basis, affects your mindset.”
The Duchess has instead used her platform to focus on her philanthropic work and activism, including her recent book “The Bench” which explores the bond between fathers and sons.