Meghan Markle‘s Instagram magically reappeared last night – and people lost their goddamn minds, Now to Love spotted.
But the return of the very popular account (three million followers, baby!) was shortlived, and the account was quickly shut back down. Markle originally pulled her Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts offline in January, a little over a month after her engagement to Prince Harry was announced. She had shut down her lifestyle blog The Tig back in April 2017.
At the time Kensington Palace said Markle was “grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years” but was shutting down her social media presence “as she has not used these accounts for some time“.
But how oh how, did her Instagram account come back from the dead? Can you imagine, the ultimate Royal defiance, as Markle decides to take control of her own social media presence, not through the lens of like @theroyalfamily or @KensingtonRoyal or whatever Insta account is full of charitable visits, but with pictures of her fancy af café breakfasts?
Sadly though, according to royal commentator, Omid Scobie, Markle herself was not behind the reactivation of her account: “You can blame a system glitch for her account resurfacing on the app this morning,” he wrote.
For those of you asking, Duchess Meghan is not making a return to Instagram. You can blame a system glitch for her account resurfacing on the app this morning😅 pic.twitter.com/sz3JWbJ0fD
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) December 18, 2018
One devoted royal fan wrote on Instagram that the account popped back up for 45 minutes – and suggested the reason might have been a hack. They also took a lot of screengrabs and posted them online in case you wanted to have a geez yourself.
Yeah, people were chuffed to have Markle’s old-ass account back online – the one that still referred to her starring role in the first seven seasons of Suits, which finished up in April this year, and to her long-defunct lifestyle blog.
And while she still engages in Royal humanitarian work, Markle had to give up her positions as an ambassador for World Vision, and as a UN women’s advocate to start her brand new life in November last year. She’s not worked as a counsellor for One Young World since 2016.
Meghan Markle’s instagram is back!!! pic.twitter.com/Kd6vD8KnfA
— V (@prosaicsadness) December 18, 2018
While it would be nice to think that Markle had a fun scroll through her old account last night, and all the memories therein, she actually went to visit Royal Variety‘s residential nursing and care home Brinsworth House. Royal Variety is a charity for people who worked in the entertainment energy who need support due to old age, ill health or hard times.
Last week, a gif of Meghan Markle, Rosamund Pike and Clare Waight Keller at the British Fashion Awards was wiped from the British Fashion Council‘s Insta account. It’s since also been deleted from the photographer Yvan Fabing‘s account too, allegedly because it doesn’t meet the Royals’ stringent guidelines about how they appear online.
We can presume Markle’s Insty didn’t either.