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Today in random things about the royal family: The Queen might have a secret Facebook account. Possibly.
The rumor is apparently such a ~thing~ that actual royal experts are being asked about it. While getting a definitive answer to a question like this a huge long shot (unless Prince Harry decides to include an AMA-style section in his upcoming memoir), experts aren't totally ruling it out. According to British journalist Jonathan Sacerdoti, the idea of the Queen secretly having a private Facebook account is possible because she's actually very tech savvy—especially since the pandemic forced her to go digital with more and more meetings and engagements.
"There’ve been reports that the queen has a secret Facebook account, which I can’t quite believe [because] she is 95 years old," Sacerdoti told Us Weekly. "So, I have trouble sometimes with new technology, but she seems completely able to pick these things up. We saw her during lockdown with all the Zoom calls and the video calls. And now, since her health’s been not quite as good as it was in the past, she’s been doing more [appearances] that way. And now we find out about the Facebook account. It’s extraordinary to think how readily and easily she picks up these new technologies."
Wondering what the Queen of England could possibly want to do with a Facebook account? Sacerdoti says that, if she's on social media, she's probably using it "like the rest of us," which we assume means to keep up with friends and family.
If the Queen is on Facebook (or any social media), she's almost definitely there under a code name that only the inner most members of her inner circle know. When Harry was dating Meghan Markle, for example, he reportedly had a top secret Instagram account, where his username was "SpikeyMau5."
"I mean, we don’t know the queen’s pseudonym here and we also don’t know how many friends she has—she hasn't yet accepted my request," the expert joked. "But we also know that in that book about Meghan [Markle] and [Prince] Harry [written by Omid Scobie] that Harry had a secret Instagram account with a username ‘SpikeyMau5,’ which was deleted shortly afterward, I believe. But, we know that Meghan apparently started following that Instagram account just around the time they started dating. But, of course, even those watching her account then wouldn’t have known that it was Prince Harry. And apparently, that pseudonym that he used was a mixture of [his] Facebook name."
Is this making anyone else daydream about the treasure trove of adorable royal baby pictures that might be hiding under bizarrely-named secret royal social accounts?
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