Prince Harry
Pictured: Prince Harry gestures during a discussion, while on a visit to YMCA South Ealing, to learn more about their work on mental health and see how they are providing support to young people in the area, on April 3, 2019 in London, England. Getty Images/Adrian Dennis-WPA Pool

Prince Harry previously said that social media is dangerous and it is more dangerous than drugs and alcohol. However, he also created a social media account for himself and his wife, Meghan Markle, this week.

During a roundtable discussion on young people’s mental health at a YMCA in South Ealing, west London, the Duke of Sussex addressed the issue of addiction and mental health.

“There’s too much negativity surrounding mental health and it must be so hard for young people to talk about it. Social media is more addictive than drugs and alcohol, and it’s more dangerous because it’s normalized and there are no restrictions to it,” he said.

While speaking at the YMCA, Prince Harry also expressed his deep concerns about the link between social media and bullying and said that young people today are living in mind-altering times.

“A game like 'Fortnite,' for instance, may not be so good for children. Parents have got their hands up – they don’t know what to do about it,” he said.

Prince Harry’s comments came just one day after he and Markle unveiled their social media account. Within just six hours, the royal couple’s Instagram account broke a record for the fastest time to gain 1 million followers on the social media platform.

Journalist Benjamin Wareing claimed that the rush of followers to the account caused Instagram to crash momentarily. The flurry of followers may have fueled by the fact that royal fans no longer have access to personal and official photos of Markle and Prince Harry since they both don’t have personal social media accounts.

In the past, Markle had her own personal Instagram and Twitter accounts, and she also had a lifestyle blog called The Tig. However, all three had to be taken down the minute she got engaged to Prince Harry.

The members of the royal family are not allowed to have individual and personal social media accounts.