I love me some social media. I use it every day to connect with friends, to entertain myself, and to work on articles like this one. But, in the grand scheme of things, my personal social media influence is slim to none. Simply put: I’m a nobody.
Now, I don’t mean that in a self-loathing sort of way. I just mean that I’m self-aware enough to realize that the things I plaster on the internet are inconsequential compared to those of someone like Markle — someone who is set to marry into the Royal Family in a few months.
As a spandex-donning arachnid once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
The greater one’s limelight, the greater their influence. It follows, then, that as Meghan Markle prepares to marry into the Royal Family, she would take into consideration her use of social media. And she has done just that.
As of this week, Markle has deleted her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. The Royal Family is known for their lack of personal social media–in fact, none of the Queen’s direct line have personal social media accounts.
You can follow Kensington Palace, but if you want to keep up-to-date on Markle’s best fitness selfies? Sorry. The times, they are ‘a changin.’ Traditionally, the Royal Family has striven to keep a neutral front for diplomacy reasons. Because, apparently, if you take on a position of leadership for a major country, it is important to use your platform with prudence and grace.
Hmm. What a concept.
You’d think someone else might get the idea. Someone who is addicted to Twitter and has a raging comb-over and is the leader of the free world. I’m not naming names, but his might rhyme with “Ronald Dump.”
He’s embarrassing us all, threatening North Korea, using precious United States resources to tout his reality TV prowess on the company dime. Our dime.
He’s earned himself nicknames like “Twit-wit” and “Tweeter-In-Chief” and “The Tweeter of the Free World,” which is just super professional. Like, professional in the way wearing a Snuggie to a courtroom is professional.
Before I have to start breathing into a paper bag regarding the state of our White House, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled point: The American Royal. In a world full of classless attention-seekers and pot-stirrers, Ms. Markle is approaching the public eye with the reverence and dignity required of her platform.
I can’t wait to see what such a conscientious lady will do in the future.
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