- Meghan Markle drafted the @SussexRoyal Instagram (opens in new tab) captions herself, according to Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand's tell-all Sussex biography, Finding Freedom (opens in new tab).
- Meghan and Prince Harry were previously frustrated by "their inability to speak for themselves" as senior royals, the authors write.
- "Launching the account was a somewhat liberating experience for Meghan," an insider revealed.
Here's an interesting revelation from Sussex biography Finding Freedom: Followers of the now defunct @SussexRoyal Instagram account were often hearing directly from Meghan Markle herself, especially in the account's early days. According to authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, as Town and Country reports (opens in new tab), Meghan and Harry were often frustrated by "their inability to speak for themselves" as senior royals, required instead to share news through the royal family's communications team. Having their own Instagram account, therefore, gave Meghan a platform again, after she had to surrender her blog and personal Instagram account when she became a royal.
"Launching the account was a somewhat liberating experience for Meghan," an anonymous aide told Scobie and Durand. "Not having a platform of her own to talk directly to the public was one of the toughest changes for her, especially after building so much of her own brand on Instagram and her blog. @SussexRoyal meant that she finally had a place to curate."
"Meghan drafted a lot of the posts herself in the early days," Scobie and Durand write in Finding Freedom. "It was one of the things that kept her occupied during her final days of pregnancy." Meghan and Harry also curated the appearance of the Instagram account, choosing the trademark @SussexRoyal dark blue color and electing to add white borders to photos they shared.
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Meghan and Harry bid farewell to their Instagram account after stepping down as senior royals, after they agreed (opens in new tab) they would no longer use their Sussex Royal name (or any other form of the word "royal," for that matter). In their final post, shared on March 30, they thanked their followers for "the support, the inspiration and the shared commitment to the good in the world," continuing, "We look forward to reconnecting with you soon. You’ve been great!"
Meghan Markle's Most Iconic Fashion Moments
March 9, 2020
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October 25, 2019
October 22, 2019
Meghan Markle arrives to the One Young World Summit in an Aritzia dress paired with Manolo Blahnik pumps (opens in new tab).
September 25, 2019
Meghan and Archie step out for Archie's first royal engagement during the tour in South Africa. She wore a Club Monaco dress and a pair of Jennifer Meyer turquoise earrings (opens in new tab).
September 23, 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit District 6 Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Meghan wore a Veronica Beard blue button-down dress and Castañer espadrilles (opens in new tab).
September 12, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex attends the launch of the Smart Works Capsule Collection, while wearing a Misha Nonoo button-down (opens in new tab) and wearing butterfly earrings and a cuff that once belonged to Princess Diana.
June 8, 2019
Meghan Markle steps out for her first royal appearance since giving birth. She attends the 2019 Trooping the Colour with Prince Harry in a Givenchy dress and hat by Noelle Stewart.
February 24, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex wore Dior head to toe and Birks earrings (opens in new tab) while visiting Morocco.