Officially, Meghan Markle deleted her Instagram when her relationship with Prince Harry started to get serious.
Smart move, as exchanging social media for a royal title is objectively a pretty sweet deal, especially as the internet seems to become more of a cesspool of narcissism and bigotry every day.
But Meghan went from a relatively unknown actress to one of the most famous women on the planet overnight, so she must be curious as to what the trolls and sycophants of the world wide web have to say about her.
Thus, it’s easy to believe the rumors of Meghan’s secret Instagram account.
And it’s also easy to believe the hate directed at her online by anonymous dingbats quickly became too much for the Duchess to handle.
“With so much drama surrounding her, Meghan really wants to know what everyone actually thinks of her,” an insider tells Radar Online of Meghan’s lurker account.
In the years prior to her relationship with Harry, Meghan was actually quite active on the ‘Gram, and her account was closely linked to her Goop-esque lifestyle site, The Tig.
So Meg is no stranger to what nasty places comments sections can be.
The source reveals that for now at least, Meghan has parted ways with social media.
The reason? It seems she was simply appalled by the horrendous things people were saying about her online.
“It really got to her and, in the end, she had to shut down that account just before Christmas, too, to protect her mental health,” says the insider.
“She felt very isolated and alone.”
Now Meghan has been called a “fat lady” to her face while pregnant, and she’s been suffering the slings and arrows of the notorious British tabloid press for two years now.
She’s no thin-skinned wimp, is what we’re saying.
So the stuff Meghan read about herself that caused her to shut down her account must have been pretty awful.
Apparently, some of it was so bad that it led Meghan to fear for her safety.
“She doesn’t feel safe enough to go out on her own without protection,” says the source. “There are certain things she’s extremely paranoid about, such as being physically attacked.”
Dammit, internet. This is why we can’t have nice things.