Meghan Markle fears putting family at risk by saying ‘controversial’ things

Meghan Markle has opened up about her fears of putting her family at risk by saying "controversial" things.

In a revealing chat, the Duchess of Sussex compared social media users to drug addicts and said she enjoys the "fun and silliness" with son Archie – but vowed to make the world a better place for him.

Appearing at Fortune's members-only Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit – an online event that charged invited guests a $1,750 fee – Meghan revealed she would not be proud of herself as a mother if she had not tried to "make this world better" for son Archie.

But she added that she was "cautious of putting my family in a position of risk" when speaking publicly, instead choosing topics that are "fairly straight forward".

When asked about whether motherhood had made her more courageous or more cautious, Meghan, speaking from her home in California, replied: "It's interesting because my gut is that it makes you more courageous.

"It makes you so concerned for the world they're going to inherit, and so the things that you're able to tolerate on your own are not the same.

"For you go every single day how can I make this better for him, how can I make this world better for Archie? And that is a shared belief between my husband and I.

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"At the same time I am cautious of putting my family in a position of risk by certain things, and so I try to be rather very clear with what I say and to not make it controversial, but instead to talk about things that seem fairly straight forward – like exercising your right to vote."

She added: "As a parent I can enjoy all the fun and silliness and games with my son, but I wouldn't be able to feel proud of myself as a mom if I didn't know that I wasn't doing my part to make it a better place for him."

Touching on the topic of social media, Meghan raised concerns that it was an "addiction" for some, adding that she does not have any online accounts for her "own self-preservation".

The duchess closed her personal Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts four months before she wed the Duke of Sussex, while her lifestyle blog thetig.com shut down in 2017.

But she shared an official Sussex Royal account with Prince Harry for several years before they stepped down as senior royals, and had amassed a following of more than a million on social media before meeting the Duke.

"I have made a personal choice to not have any accounts so I don't know what's out there and in many ways that's helpful for me," she told the event on Tuesday.

"I have a lot of concerns for people that have become obsessed with it and it is so much a part of our daily culture for so many people that it's an addiction.

"Like many others, and you know, there are very few things in this world where you call the person who's engaging with it a user.

"People who are addicted to drugs are called users and people who are on social media are called users and there is something algorithmically that is in there that is creating this obsession and I think it's very unhealthy for a lot of people."

Former actress Meghan referred to the British Royal Family as "the institution".

She said: "We had [an Instagram account] through the institution and our office that was in the UK. But that wasn't managed by us that was a whole team."

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