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Why Meghan and Harry’s Instagram doesn’t follow royal family accounts

/ 06:22 PM May 02, 2019

A glance at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Instagram account, Sussex Royal (@sussexroyal) shows that the couple only follows 16 accounts, and none of them belong to their family members.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry. Image: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

Their social media page launched in April no longer follows Kensington Royal (@kensingtonroyal), which belongs to Prince William and Kate Middleton, Clarence House (@clarencehouse) of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, and The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily) which features Queen Elizabeth II and other royal family members.

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The mass unfollowing of royal family accounts is for a good cause. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s latest post on Wednesday, May 1, explained that it would change the accounts that it follows every month “based on a different theme or cause.”

This May, the Sussexes are promoting mental health awareness and chose 16 Instagram accounts which advocate “mental well-being, mental fitness, body positivity, self-care, and the importance of human connection.”

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US and May 13-19 is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. To pay tribute to all of the incredible work people across the globe are doing in this space, we are hoping to shine a light on several Instagram accounts that promote mental well-being, mental fitness, body positivity, self-care, and the importance of human connection – to not just hear each other, but to listen. There are countless organisations doing amazing work for mental health – please consider the accounts we’ve highlighted as a small snapshot of this global support network. We are all in this together. We invite you to explore the extraordinary stories of strength, and the commitment to kindness as seen in the above accounts. Each month we will honour this same concept and change the accounts we solely follow based on a different theme or cause. Please go to our homepage and click “following” to see each of the select accounts and find out more about their work. Please note: Images shared are from some of the handles we are now following

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Among the promoted accounts are Heads Together, William, Kate and Harry’s initiative for mental health; I Weigh, actress Jameela Jamil’s movement to recognize women’s self-worth; Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul Sunday series.

Prince Harry and Winfrey are collaborating on a TV show on mental health under the Apple TV platform. JB

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