Why Meghan Markle says she'll never return to social media again

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  • Meghan Markle says she's made a "personal choice" to not have any social media accounts.
  • Speaking on the addictive nature of social media she said at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit that people have become "obsessed" with it.
  • Meghan also spoke about using your voice and leadership during the virtual event, adding that she's focused on making the world a better place for Archie.


Meghan Markle is opening up about social media and how it can become an "addiction" for many.

The Duchess of Sussex recently made an appearance at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit and addressed the fact that, though she hasn't been on social media since joining the royal family, she will unlikely ever return to it.

"For my own self-preservation, I have not been on social media for a very long time. I'd 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 UK – separate from us, that wasn't managed by us, that was a whole team.

"I think that comes with a territory for the job that you have. I've 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," Meghan said, after recently speaking out about being the "most trolled person" in the world in 2019. "I have a lot of concerns for people that have become obsessed with it," she said.

Meghan added that we need to be aware of becoming "users". "There is something algorithmically that is creating this obsession, and I think it's very unhealthy for a lot of people," she said.

"I would just say, as you are out there building your brand, as you're out there engaging with your friends online, just be conscious of what you're doing and understand that it is not limited to that one moment."

During the virtual chat, Meghan also went on to talk about exercising our voices through voting, and shared her thoughts on leadership.

"Your voice matters," she said. "You realise 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."

She added, of creating a better world for Archie, that she "wouldn't be able to feel proud as a mom" if she didn't do that for him.

"You go every single day, how can I make this world better for Archie?" she said. "That is a shared belief for my husband and I."  

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