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Why Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Unfollowed Prince William & Kate Middleton On Instagram

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Ever since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot last year, (mostly unsubstantiated) rumors have been swirling about the new couple having a bit of a sour relationship with Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Many people thought it was a bit petty, then, when they learned that Prince Harry and Meghan’s official Instagram account, @SussexRoyal, unfollowed Kate and William’s account @KensingtonRoyal. Like I thought the royal family was supposed to have *class*?

However, it seems though the reason behind the unfollow was less than petty. Actually, it was a rather noble one. They announced on their Instagram account that since the month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US, and May 13-19 is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, that they switched up their follower list. They wrote, “To pay tribute to all of the incredible work people across the globe are doing in this space, we are hoping to shine a light on several Instagram accounts that promote mental well-being, mental fitness, body positivity, self-care, and the importance of human connection – to not just hear each other, but to listen.”

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US and May 13-19 is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. To pay tribute to all of the incredible work people across the globe are doing in this space, we are hoping to shine a light on several Instagram accounts that promote mental well-being, mental fitness, body positivity, self-care, and the importance of human connection – to not just hear each other, but to listen. There are countless organisations doing amazing work for mental health – please consider the accounts we’ve highlighted as a small snapshot of this global support network. We are all in this together. We invite you to explore the extraordinary stories of strength, and the commitment to kindness as seen in the above accounts. Each month we will honour this same concept and change the accounts we solely follow based on a different theme or cause. Please go to our homepage and click “following” to see each of the select accounts and find out more about their work. Please note: Images shared are from some of the handles we are now following

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Some of the organizations and health-related companies they are following this month include @headspace, @blackmentalhealthmatters_, @anxietyUKmatters, @talkspace and @kindcampaign.

And this isn’t the only month they are shedding the spotlight on a good cause. They said that “each month they will honour the same concept and change the accounts we solely follow based on a different theme or cause.” Bravo to Meghan and Harry for using their voices to magnify these important organizations and causes each month!

The royal couple, although they haven’t been married for long, are already known for their strong philanthropic efforts. In April, the couple announced they won’t be accepting baby gifts, but rather asked for people to make charitable donations instead. Apparently, that helped raise a lot of money for various efforts around the world, including providing 100,000 additional meals to children in South Africa via the organization Lunchbox Fund. Now that’s what we call star power.

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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.

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It looks like William and Kate are still following @SussexRoyal, so the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge won’t be partaking in the same initiative as their royal counterparts. Of course, not to discount that couple’s charitable involvement!

As a cherry on top, @SussexRoyal posted in April that Prince Harry has been producing a mental health series with the one and only Oprah Winfrey that will air on Apple in 2020. An Oprah and Harry collab is truly our dream come true. We can only hope Meghan will make a cameo and return to the small screen, as well.

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