Meghan and Harry latest – Duchess compares Facebook users to DRUG ADDICTS and blasts social media despite own channels

MEGHAN Markle railed against social media while speaking at the exclusive Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit last night.

Speaking to Emma Hinchliffe, the Duchess revealed that she had chosen to have no social media accounts for her own “preservation” – despite her team running the hugely popular Sussex Royal Instagram page.

Speaking via Zoom she said:  “I do have concerns for people who have become obsessed with it and it has become a part of our daily culture for so many people, it's an addiction like many others.

“There is something, algorithmically, is creating this obsession and I think that's very unhealthy for a lot of people.”

Those watching were forking out £1.3k a head to see the mum-of-one speak at the event

The price has sparked anger online with one Twitter user saying “How does she lead on a global scale? What does that even mean….. and $1750”. A second added: “What action? Photo ops? Merchandising? What values? 14 bathrooms for 3 people, a nanny, and a housekeeper?”.

Follow all the latest news on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry below…

  • Jon Rogers

    MEGHAN COMPARES SOCIAL MEDIA USERS TO DRUG ADDICTS

    Meghan Markle has compared people who use social media to being like “people who are addicted to drugs”.

    She told the Most Powerful Women Next Gen Virtual Summit: “There are very few things in this world where you call the person who's engaging with it 'a user'.

    “People who are addicted to drugs are called users and people who are on social media are called users.”

  • Jon Rogers

    MEGHAN SAYS SHE AVOIDS 'CONTROVERSIAL' TOPICS

    Meghan Markle has said she avoids speaking about “controversial” topics over fears she could put her family “in a position of risk”.

    Speaking at the virtual Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit she said she would not feel proud of herself as a mother if she did not try to “make this world better” for her son Archie.

    She said though she was “cautious” of the things she spoke about in public and opted to speak about issues which were “fairly straight forward”.

    Meghan said: “I am cautious of putting my family in a position of risk by certain things, and so I try to be rather very clear with what I say and to not make it controversial, but instead to talk about things that seem fairly straight forward.

  • Jon Rogers

    MEGHAN CALLS ROYAL FAMILY 'THE INSTITUTION'

    Meghan Markle referred to the Royal Family as 'The Institution' while speaking on Tuesday afternoon at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Virtual Summit.

    Referring to herself and Prince Harry she said: “We had [an Instagram account] through the institution and our office that was in the UK.

    “But that wasn't managed by us that was a whole team.”

  • Martha Cliff

    MEGHAN WARNS OTHERS TO BE CAREFUL OF WHAT THEY SHARE ONLINE

    Speaking to Fortune's Emma Hinchcliffe via Zoom for the Most Powerful Women Next Gen summit, the Duchess shared her advice.

    “As you’re out there building your brand, as you are out there engaging with friends online, just be conscious of what you’re doing,” said Meghan.

    “Understand that it is not limited to that one moment—that you are creating an echo chamber for yourself.”

  • Martha Cliff

    MEGHAN WARNS AGAINST THE PITFALLS OF SOCIAL MEDIA

    Speaking via Zoom at the Fortune Next Gen summit Meghan said that she had not been on social media “for my own preservation for a very long time.

    “I had a personal one that I closed down, then we had one through the institution and our office that was in the UK.”

    Continuing she said: “I have made a personal choice not to have any account so I don't know what's out there and in many ways that's helpful for me.

    “I do have concerns for people who have become obsessed with it and it has become apart of our daily culture for so many people, it's an addiction like many others.

    “There are very few things in this world in which you call the person engaging with it a 'user.'

    “There is something, algorithmically, is creating this obsession and think that's very unhealthy for a lot of people.”

  • Martha Cliff

    VICTORIA BECKHAM URGES DUCHESS 'TO BE THE REAL HER'

    According to reports, 46-year-old Posh is encouraging Meghan to showcase more of her day-to-day life as she shares tips that have benefitted her own career in the past.

    Insiders say that Victoria is doing her best to support the former Suits actress.

    They explained: “She's urged Meghan to shut down the critics and prove her authenticity by showing the side only her loved ones get to see and to reveal the real her.

    “She's also told people it could make people think twice about attacking her and tug on their heartstrings by showing the public how deeply the backlash affects her and Harry on an emotional level.”

  • Martha Cliff

    MEG LOVES THIS COCKTAIL

    The Duchess of Sussex shared her favourite alcoholic drink, aside from trusty wine, in her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig.

    The mum to Archie Harrison put her own spin on the summery classic Pimm's, giving her version a new name – The Tig Cup.

    She wrote: “While I generally opt to whet my whistle with a glass of rosé or crisp Sauvignon Blanc, sometimes the day calls for a cocktail. Cue The TIG Cup.

    “Having a love of all things Brit, I wanted to do a twist on their signature Pimm's Cup.”

  • Martha Cliff

    MEGHAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG

    The 39-year-old duchess donned a £16 grey t-shirt bearing the feminist icon's initials when speaking on a podcast for mental health.

    The tribute T-shirt was matched with a black Covid-19 mask emblazoned with the Ginsburg quote 'When there are nine'.

    The phrase is taken from what is often considered one of the judge's most famous quotes about getting more women on the US Supreme Court.

    The outfit worn during last week's Teenager Therapy podcast with Californian school children came after Ginsburg, 87, died from pancreatic cancer last month.

  • Martha Cliff

    MEG HAS A PRESENT READY IF SHE EVER HAS A DAUGHTER

    If Meghan and Harry ever have a baby girl, then she is likely to be gifted Meghan's £4,800 Cartier watch.

    Meghan bought the pricey Cartier Tank Française after learning Suits – the television programme she starred in – had been commissioned for a third season.

    In 2015, Meghan told Hello: “When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season – which, at the time, felt like such a milestone – I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version [of the watch].”

    She continued: “I had it engraved on the back, 'To M.M. From M.M.'

    “And I plan to give it to my daughter one day.

    “That's what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.”

  • Martha Cliff

    SOMETHING IN COMMON

    Meghan’s son Archie and Princess Eugenie’s baby could have something in common when the tot arrives next year.

    If Eugenie decides to give birth in the same hospital that she was born in back in 1990, then the new royal baby and Archie Harrison will immediately share a similar story.

    Meghan welcomed Archie, one, in London's The Portland Hospital back in May 2019.

    Meanwhile, Eugenie and her sister, Princess Beatrice, were also born in the American-owned hospital.

    In fact, when Sarah Ferguson gave birth to eldest daughter Beatrice in August 1988, it made her the first member of the royal family to give birth in a non-NHS hospital.

  • Martha Cliff

    MEGHAN’S SNACKING HABITS REVEALED

    Meghan has spoken a fair bit about her diet in the past, and confirmed that one of her go-to healthy snacks is watermelon.

    In a past interview, she said: “On set and at home, I try to always have a container of watermelon sprinkled with cinnamon because it elevates the flavour just a notch, and makes it feel special.”

    The mum-of-one also prefers a healthy drink to gorging on takeaways.

    Speaking of her fast food choices, she told The Chalkboard in a past chat: “A green juice. That’s fast. And it’s food. It’s been many moons since I went through a drive thru.”

  • Claudia Aoraha

    MEGAN TELLS HOW SHE 'LEADS ON A GLOBAL STAGE'

    Meghan is expected to discuss “courageous leadership” and expand on how she learned to “lead on a global stage” at the Fortune's exclusive Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit.

    The 15-minute event is available to invited guests only, and will feature Meghan being by Fortune's associate editor Emma Hinchliffe.

    An advert for the event states: “How do you lead with your values? We are joined by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, who shares how she’s learned to, in her words, chase her convictions with action.

    “The Duchess will tell our Next Gen community how she leads on the global stage.”

  • Claudia Aoraha

    MEGHAN AND HARRY TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR IN UK

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are likely to celebrate the New Year in Britain in preparation for her High Court battle.

    Aides are preparing for the return of Harry from the USA in the coming weeks.

    But sources revealed that Meghan will quickly follow her husband.

    She has a privacy action against the Mail on Sunday starting on January 11 and must isolate for two weeks before it.

    News of the visit comes after Harry handed over a “substantial sum” to pay rent and clear the bill for £2.4million taxpayer-funded renovations to his UK home.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    WHAT IS MEGXIT?

    Here's everything you need to know about the latest royal scandal that rocked the royal family earlier this year.

    In January 2020 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shocked the world when they announced that they would be stepping down as senior royals.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex became “financially independent” from the royal family on April 1 and have since relocated to Santa Barbara with their one-year-old son Archie.

    The decision sent shock waves through the royal family with a new book claiming Harry tore open a rift with William when he “betrayed” the Queen by announcing his plans without consulting her.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    SIMON COWELL WANTS TO JOIN FORCES WITH SUSSEXES

    Simon Cowell is hoping to join forces with Prince Harry and Meghan over their upcoming TV projects.

    He is keen to work with the pair more after they signed a multi-million pound deal with Netflix.

    The Britain’s Got Talent judge, 61, is close friends with record producer David Foster, 70 — whose wife Katharine McPhee, 36, is a pal of Meghan.

    A source said: “Simon is a huge fan of Prince Harry and Meghan and has known the Prince for many years.

    “Harry used to pop along to The X Factor back in the day.

    “They have mutual friends in common and now Harry and Meghan are moving into the entertainment industry themselves.”

  • Claudia Aoraha

    HARRY TO COME BACK TO UK FOR 'TELLING OFF'

    Royal aides are preparing for Prince Harry to come home — to face a possible telling off from the Queen.

    “Staff at Windsor have been told to prepare for the possibility Harry could come back.

    “They are told that it could be within weeks but Meghan's name was not mentioned,” our source explained.

    “There are all sorts of issues to speak about—not only his political statements but also his visa situation in the U.S.

    “Even though he would have to isolate for two weeks, the estate is large enough for talks in a socially distanced way.”

  • Claudia Aoraha

    MARKLE TO SPEAK AT MOST POWERFUL WOMEN NEXT GEN SUMMIT

    Meghan Markle is to speak at a “powerful women” summit today, which is charging guests $1,750 (£1,342) per ticket. 

    The Duchess of Sussex, 39, will have a 15-minute speaking slot at Fortune's exclusive Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit, which is taking place virtually. 

    Meghan is expected to discuss “courageous leadership” and expand on how she learned to “lead on a global stage”.

    The 15-minute event is available to invited guests only, and will feature Meghan being by Fortune's associate editor Emma Hinchliffe.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN WANTED TO BE 'MOST FAMOUS PERSON ON THE PLANET' CLAIMS AUTHOR

    Meghan Markle told advisers that she wanted to be the 'most famous person on the planet' before she and Harry quit the Royal Family, a biographer of the couple has claimed.

    Lady Colin Campbell – author of Meghan and Harry: The Real Story – says that in the year before the dramatic split the American actress had – with her's husband's help – been pursuing commercial and political activities traditionally out of bounds to the royals.

    According to the author, this included the Duchess of Sussex telling her PR team that her ambition was to be the best known celebrity in the world, a mission that could only be realised by being 'controversial'.

    Speaking on Graham Norton's BBC podcast, Lady Campbell said: “I started writing that book because last year I knew privately that Meghan – with Harry's connivance was getting up to all sorts of things in America that she was completely forbidden from doing as a royal.

    “Getting involved with commercial enterprises, flying kites in terms of politics, because she 's very political, and also instructing her PR people that they were to make her into the most famous person on earth.”

  • Claudia Aoraha

    MEGHAN AND HARRY HAVING 'BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH ROYAL FAMILY'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are having a better relationship with the royals despite rumours that they are distancing.

    An insider claimed that the pandemic has brought them together.

    “A lot of the family-specific drama that the tabloids are focused on, it’s not as fractured as the tabloids would like it to seem,” told Entertainment Tonight.

    “The pandemic has brought the family closer together.”

  • Claudia Aoraha

    MEGHAN WANTS TO BE 'MOST FAMOUS PERSON ON THE PLANET'

    Meghan Markle told advisers she wanted to be the “most famous person on the planet,” royal author Lady Colin Campbell has claimed.

    Lady Campbell, who wrote Meghan and Harry: The Real Story, claims Meghan told her PR team she wanted to be the best known celebrity in the world – a mission that could only be achieved by being “controversial”.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    WILLIAM BROKE UP WITH KATE OVER THE PHONE IN 2007

    Before they tied the knot in 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – who met at university – did briefly split in 2007.

    Royal author Robert Lacey revealed how the Prince broke up with his long-term girlfriend in an excerpt of his new book Battle of the Brothers which appeared in the Daily Mail.

    The expert claims Prince William – who was 25-years-old at the time – was “uncertain” about his future with Kate.

    In the biography, the expert writes that William called Kate during the middle of the working day on 11 April 2007 while she was working as an accessories buyer for Jigsaw.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    HARRY WAS 'CLOSE TO NERVOUS BREAKDOWN'

    Prince Harry revealed he had been “very close” to a “complete nervous breakdown” before seeking therapy.

    And an explosive new biography claimed the royal's ex Cressida Bonas felt he was “damaged” after he struggled through his late 20s.

    The Duke of Sussex spoke out three years ago about how he felt his life was slipping into “total chaos”.

    In an interview with UK's The Telegraph in 2017, Harry said it wasn't until he was 28 that he addressed his troubled mental health.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    MEGHAN WEARS TRIBUTE TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG

    Meghan made a T-shirt political statement in tribute to late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    The 39-year-old duchess donned a £16 grey t-shirt bearing the feminist icon's initials when speaking on a podcast for mental health.

    The tribute T-shirt was matched with a black Covid-19 mask emblazoned with the Ginsburg quote 'When there are nine'.

    The phrase is taken from what is often considered one of the judge's most famous quotes about getting more women on the US Supreme Court.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    MEGHAN AND HARRY 'LEAST ECO-FRIENDLY ROYALS'

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the LEAST eco-friendly royals thanks to their jet-setting lifestyle, a survey today revealed.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit to South Africa had almost the same carbon footprint as a British person emits in an entire year, according to the shocking stats.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    WILLIAM SAYS NATURE IS IN PERIL

    Prince William spoke about saving the planet while sitting on the base of a 1,000-year-old oak tree in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

    In a video talk on the environment, which was posted online, William, 38, said: “Our speed of innovation has been incredible. But so too has the acceleration of our impact.

    “Over my Grandmother’s lifetime, the last 90 years or so, our impact has accelerated so fast that our climate, oceans, air, nature and all that depends on them are in peril.

    “This oak has stood here for centuries. But never has it faced a decade like this.

    “We start this new decade knowing that it is the most consequential period in history.”

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