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Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Unfollowed The Royal Family On Instagram—But It Was For A Good Cause

This is uplifting! They will continue to change the accounts they follow monthly based on different themes or causes.

Usually, when celebrities unfollow each other on Instagram, it’s a sign that serious drama is going down. And just days before the birth of their son, Archie, Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry unfollowed several accounts on Instagram they had previously been following — including that of family members Prince William and Kate Middleton.

But it wasn’t a family conflict that caused them to cut social media ties. The royals explained in a post at @sussexroyal that in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, they decided to pare down the accounts they followed to just 16, comprised exclusively of organizations that are doing work in the field:

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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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“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,” they explained in the caption alongside a collage of inspiring images and words from the accounts they have chosen to follow this month.

They added, “There are countless organizations doing amazing work for mental health – please consider the accounts we’ve highlighted as a small snapshot of this global support network.”

See a complete list of mental health organizations they have chosen to highlight, along with information about each one, in this piece by Harper’s Bazaar.

Mental health has long been a cause important to the royal family. Prince Harry and brother Prince William launched mental health campaign Heads Together in 2016, and Markle and Middleton also help spearhead the organization.

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The royals also revealed in their post that they will continue to change the accounts they follow monthly based on different themes or causes.

“Each month we will honor this same concept and change the accounts we solely follow based on a different theme or cause,” they wrote. “Please go to our homepage and click ‘following’ to see each of the select accounts and find out more about their work.”

Hopefully, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s well-publicized new role as parents can help them focus an even brighter spotlight on these important organizations and issues going forward. But we don’t blame them if they take a short break, first!