Just a day after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle created their very own joint Instagram account, the duke, 34, got candid about the dangers of excessively using social media. Harry appeared at a YMCA in South Ealing, London on April 3, and spoke about important social topics relating to today’s youth.
“Social media is more addictive than drugs and alcohol, yet it’s more dangerous because it’s normalized and there are no restrictions to it,” he said. He also showed sympathy for young people struggling with mental health issues. “There is too much negativity surrounding mental health, and no wonder it’s so hard for young people to actually talk about it,” he added.
Then he emphasized the importance of normalizing these problems, adding that it’s OK to struggle. “Let’s keep reminding each other that it’s okay not to be okay, and to listen to each other. After all, how we think determines how we act, how we feel, and how we treat ourselves and those around us,” he said.
The father-to-be, who is expecting his first child with Meghan sometime in late April or early May, also got candid about the dangers of the video game Fortnite. “Where is the benefit in having that game in your household?” he said. “It’s created to addict – an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible.” There’s a chance his child won’t ever be playing that game it seems. Unless he believes moderation is key, which could be the case considering he does have his own Instagram page and just detailed how addicting it can be.
“Welcome to our official Instagram; we look forward to sharing the work that drives us, the causes we support, important announcements and the opportunity to shine a light on key issues. We thank you for your support, and welcome you to @sussexroyal. – Harry & Meghan” they wrote on their first post. The royal couple has already reached 3.6 million followers in just two days. Not a bad start!