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Meghan Markle Talks Avoiding Social Media

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By Chris Barilla

Meghan Markle has been notoriously secretive with many aspects of her life since taking up romantically with Prince Harry some years ago. Initially, the lack of public social media channels on the Duchess' behalf was largely due to Royal statutes that prevent working members from maintaining their own pages and sharing personal information. 

Now, even though Markle no longer abides by such rules, she maintains that the decision to remain social media-free comes from her own free will, per Fortune.

Telling Her Truth

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In reference to her controversial decision, which has made many aspects of her personal life highly speculative in the media thanks to no concrete details from her, she commented that the choice to stay off social media is hard, "It’s not easy. That’s the first place all of us have to start with. Sometimes making the best decision for yourself and your family might not be the most popular one."

"My faith is greater than my fear," she continued to mention, adding, "It has to be greater than whatever fears are hindering you from taking that step."

Having Her Voice Limited

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In reference to the fact that her freedom of speech has been largely limited due to her Royal role over the last few years, she said "Your voice matters. You realize it more when you are not able to exercise it. Regardless of my experience over the last few years compared to anyone’s experience, you can’t take for granted the ability you have as a woman to be able to be heard, and now with the platform that people have on social media to actually have that voice heard for a larger audience, I think it's a huge responsibility."

Revealing Why She Has No Social Media

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Markle maintains that her lack of social media extends beyond the Royal statutes and is, "For my own self-preservation, I have not been on social media for a very long time. I had a personal account years ago, which I closed down, and then we had one through the institution and our office that was in the U.K. that wasn’t managed by us —that was a whole team — and so I think that comes with the territory for the job you have."

Concerns Over Obsession

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The Duchess said that she fears for the repercussions of too much social media use, something she is seeing affect many people across the world today.

"I’ve made a personal choice to not have any account, so I don’t know what’s out there, and many ways that’s helpful for me. I have a lot of concerns for people that have become obsessed with it. And it is so much a part of our daily culture for so many people that it’s an addiction like many others. There are very few things in this world where you call the person who is engaging with it a user," she said firmly, cementing her stance on the practice in its entirety.

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