More tidbits are being teased from Finding Freedom, the authorized biography of Harry and Meghan that’s coming out in August. Obviously, we’ve pre-ordered our copy of the book, but until it arrives at the Royally Devoted office, we’ll make do with whatever nuggets the publishers choose to dole out.
The latest story from the book is about the Sussexes use of social media. This is a bit of a deep dive, so please help yourself to a fresh cup of tea before we get started.
Royalty and Social Media
Members of the UK Royal Family don’t run their own blogs, Instagram, or Twitter, OnlyFans accounts… well, we assume that last one. The Firm prefers to control the narrative, so the Windsors have just a small handful of public social media accounts. They include @KensingtonRoyal for William and Kate, @RoyalFamily for general updates, and so on.
After their marriage, Harry and Meghan quickly built up the Sussex Royal brand online–only to lose it again as part of their agreement when they left.
However, before their marriage, Meghan ran a low-key, mildly popular lifestyle blog called The Tig. You can still see her final message to the community on the now-shuttered blog. Once she became Harry’s official, public girlfriend, The Tig was shut down and essentially scrubbed from the internet. Meghan didn’t even have the option of archiving the three years of content–which probably should have been an indication of how things would go for her once she married into the family.
The point, however, is that the Royals keep their social media presence tightly controlled. So perhaps it is no surprise that rebellious Harry might have had a secret Instagram.
‘Spikey’ Secret Prince?
Finding Freedom authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand believe that they’ve found Harry’s secret account. Using the handle @SpikeyMau5, the prince allegedly maintained a social media presence to connect to a select handful of people.
One of those people seems to have been Meghan Markle. Shortly after their first date, she started following the private account with the “Deadmau5” allusion in the name.
“With no face visible in the profile photo, just a mouse-shaped helmet, it would have meant nothing to most people. But it was in fact Harry’s private account. A big house music fan, he crafted the pseudonym by using part of the name of one of his favourite DJs, Deadmau5,” Scobie and Durand claim.
They also claim that “Spikey” is an alias sometimes used by Harry on Facebook. His Scotland Yard code name is (or was) Spike Wells. Not sure where the “Spike” comes from, but “Wells” sounds a lot like the surname both Harry and William used at school, Wales.