Meghan Markle has hinted she is mulling over making an Instagram comeback, two years after leaving social media.
Speaking in a deep dive interview with The Cut, which was published today, the Montecito-based mother-of-two said she wanted to go back to Instagram.
While working as an actress in her years before meeting Prince Harry, Meghan was an active presence on social media, documenting holidays, interiors and friends on her personal Instagram. She also ran a lifestyle blog, The Tig.
While working as an actress in her years before meeting Prince Harry, Meghan was an active presence on social media, documenting holidays, interiors and friends on her personal Instagram. She also ran a lifestyle blog, The Tig (pictured)
Harry and Meghan eventually broke off and started their @SussexRoyal Instagram account, launching the account a month before Archie was born in 2019. The couple still count 9.5million on the Instagram account Sussex Royal, which they won’t use anymore
While she told Fortune during a live interview in October 2020 that she would not return to social media ever, it sounds like the Duchess has reconsidered her decision
On joining the Royal Family, Meghan and Harry were given joint use of the @KensingtonRoyal Instagram account with Prince William and Kate Middleton. The Cambridges continue to use the account.
Harry and Meghan eventually broke off and started their @SussexRoyal Instagram account, launching the account a month before Archie was born in 2019.
They used the account to give royal fans a behind-the-scenes look at royal engagements and won praise for their more approachable take on the platform.
The couple stopped using the @SussexRoyal account in March 2020, the same month that they carried out their final engagements as working members of the Royal Family.
The Duchess suggested she might be ready to return to the platform.
‘Do you want to know a secret?,’ Meghan asked reporter Allison P. Davis. ‘I’m getting back … on Instagram.’
Meghan closed The Tig in April 2017 with an emotional message, after her relationship with Prince Harry became public in November 2016
However the Cut noted that Meghan later said she was ‘no longer sure’ she wanted to return to the social platform.
Before entering royal life, Meghan was a prolific social media user, and she’s admitted missing being able to share her life with people.
She described it as: ‘passion project’ that ‘evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity.’
She told The Cut giving up her personal blog The Tig, which she kept up for three years until her relationship with Harry was made public, was a ‘huge adjustment to go from that kind of autonomy to a different life.’
Meghan also posted what were understood to be cryptic messages about Prince Harry on Instagram in the early days of their relationship.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last posted on Sussex Royal on March 30 2020, promising their followers that they would reconnect with them soon
After Meghan and Harry left their royal roles and the UK behind, there was mounting speculation over whether the mother-of-two would take this opportunity to revive her old blog.
The Mail on Sunday also reported in late January this year that the Duchess of Sussex had applied to reactivate ‘The Tig’ trademark name – a move that raised hope among her fans that she might one day consider bringing her blog back to life.
The @SussexRoyal Instagram account’s final post was published on March 30, 2020 and read: ‘Thank you to this community – for the support, the inspiration and the shared commitment to the good in the world.
‘We look forward to reconnecting with you soon. You’ve been great! Until then, please take good care of yourselves, and of one another. Harry and Meghan.’
Six months later, in October 2020, Meghan told Fortune: ‘I made a personal choice to not have any account, so I don’t know what’s out there, and in many ways that’s helpful for me.’
A few months later, in January 2021, sources close to the couple told The Times the couple had no plan to use social media to promote the work of their Archewell Foundation, and were ‘very unlikely’ to ever return to platforms with personal accounts.
However high profile friends have posted in support of Meghan on the platform and shared messages promoting her projects.