Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle began their own Instagram account, @SussexRoyal, Royal watchers noticed a couple of key clues which suggested the Duchess Of Sussex wrote her own Instagram captions.
For me, this notion was evidenced when Markle penned a guest editor’s letter for British Vogue in September of 2019. Her tone seemed so similar to the wordsmith behind the royal Instagram account. While accounts such as these are usually managed by a social media monitor, @royalsussex’s words spoke directly to the reader from a place of heartfelt authority. They, in part, seemed more specific than a safe, run-of-the-mill Royal presser and a lot of the time were filled with very specific details which tugged at the heartstrings – in the same way a post from Markle’s debunked blog The Tig did.
For others though, the proof runs much deeper. At one point, a post on the couple’s Instagram referenced the American phrase “holiday season” and not the European word “Christmas”.
“With the festive holiday season upon us, it’s also a reminder of those in need – those who feel lonely, hungry, homeless, or may be experiencing the holidays of the first time without loved ones,” it read. “It’s an important time of years to help those around you who may be less fortunate, or who would appreciate even the smallest act of kindness.”
Perhaps the most telling sign that Markle was indeed behind the Instagram account was the spelling of certain words. In April 2019, the editor of the account wrote “energized” instead of “energised” (the “s” is more common in the British style).
Now, according to new book Finding Freedom – a much-hyped biography by Royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand – one of the young couple’s key frustrations with the Royal institution was their “inability to speak for themselves.”
“Launching the account was a somewhat liberating experience for Meghan,” an aide shared with the authors. “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,” reveal the authors. “It was one of the things that kept her occupied during her final days of pregnancy.”
Well there you have it.
A spokesperson for Markle and Prince Harry has denied that the couple had anything to do with the book. But there’s so much detail in this biography – and the access is so close to the couple – that many are suggesting the Duke and Duchess must have had some sort of sign-off prior to publish.