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Prince Harry’s comments about the safety of the internet have been criticised by a royal expert, who observed that Archie and Lilibet won’t old enough to access social media for some time.
The prince recently attended a webinar hosted by youth charity 5Rights Foundation, where he reiterated his stance on the dangers of online harm for young people.
The Duke of Sussex expressed a concern that his “two little ones” will “never have to experience the internet as it exists now” and called for a safer digital environment.
However, speaking to Talk TV, royal expert Angela Levin picked apart the Duke’s comments and suggested that the young age of Archie and Lilibet meant this was a largely hypothetical scenario.
“If one is three and the other is nearly one, they’re not going to be on the internet for some time yet,” she suggested.
“And by the time they become teenagers, I don’t think the online stuff is going to be anywhere like what it is [now], and they won’t want to do it because it will be stale and old.
“So it’s a ludicrous thing to start preparing a child at the age of nearly one, they’re just not ready for it.”
Angela also criticised Harry’s suggestion that it is the job of people making money on the internet to “keep us scrolling".
“He’s making an awful lot of money out of Spotify and Netflix and not doing very much for it, so I think it’s pot calling the kettle black,” she observed.
Meghan Markle was recently dealt a setback when her original animated series Pearl was scrapped amid huge cuts made by the streaming giant. However, her Spotify podcast series, Archewell, is still expected for release this summer.
And, presenter Kevin O’Sullivan noted that the pair had made use of social media themselves to maintain a celebrity presence since their acrimonious royal exit.
“I think they came off Facebook, but both Meghan and Harry haven’t been shy of exploiting the wonderful world of social media to their own advantage in the past, have they?” he asked.
Angela agreed, replying: “Absolutely, they’ve got a vast team of PR people who pass that on. So they might not touch it with their own hands, but they’re using it all the time to promote them non-stop.”
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- Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor
- Prince Harry
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