Meghan Markle’s personal Instagram account was shut down back in January of 2018, weeks after her engagement to Prince Harry was announced.
The page, which had around 2.2 million followers and 2,065 posts at the time it was deleted, featured positive quotes, snaps of her dogs and travels as well as pictures with her close friends.
Apparently, however, the former Suits star sneakily opened a secret account that allowed her to follow her friends on the down low, and generally allowing her to surf the social media web at her leisure.
The Sun reports that this account was ongoing until as late as Christmas 2018, where she unfortunately had to leave the app to ‘protect her mental health.’
And no, it wasn’t other people’s holiday photos or gym selfies making her feel bad, but the negative comments about her on Instagram (understandably).
‘Since she shut down her public Instagram, she’d had a fake account to follow her friends.
‘There was some really vile stuff written by social media trolls and obviously she also saw the headlines about her.
‘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. She felt very isolated and alone.’
The hurtful comments appear to have had a lasting effect, and threats made online have impacted the pregnant Duchess.
The source added: ‘She doesn’t feel safe enough to go out on her own without protection.
‘There are certain things she’s extremely paranoid about, such as being physically attacked.’
We know that Meg is a tough cookie, but this is still a lot to deal with.