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She is ‘grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years.’
The future royal deactivated her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Tuesday afternoon. According to a statement from Kensington Palace, Markle is “grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years” but decided to delete them “as she has not used these accounts for some time.” The news comes nearly a year after she deleted her personal lifestyle website The Tig.
She’ll be saying goodbye to a sizable audience across the various platforms. According to reports, the actress had 1.9 million people following her posts on Instagram, 350,000 Twitter followers, and her Facebook page had almost 800,000 likes as of December 2017.
Moving forward, Markle’s social media presence will likely be run by palace staff, much like her fiancé’s is currently. According to the Independent, “Senior members of the monarchy have official Twitter and Instagram accounts, run by the social media teams of their households, which do not normally feature personal tweets or posts. The exception is the Duke of York who sometimes writes tweets himself but signs them ‘AY’.”
So if you’re in search of that fresh, piping hot Markle content, your best bet is now the Kensington Palace accounts.
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.