Meghan Markle Shuts Down Her Blog Months Into Dating Prince Harry
By Jackie Willis
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Meghan Markle will no longer be blogging.
The Suits star announced on Friday that she's shutting down her blog, The Tig, just months after reports surfaced that she was dating Prince Harry. While the blog never delved into anything too personal, Markle did address self-esteem issues and being a biracial woman in Hollywood. All posts, with the exception of her farewell, have already been removed.
"To all my Tig friends," she posted to the website. "After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it's time to say goodbye to The Tig. What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. You've made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy. Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being 'the change you wish to see in the world.'"
Markle concluded, "Above all, don't ever forget your worth -- as I've told you time and time again: you, my sweet friend, you are enough. Thank you for everything."
The 35-year-old actress won't be interacting with fans on the blog, but she still has her Instagram up. "Thank you to all the supporters of The Tig! From followers to contributors, you have become friends ❤ It is YOU who have made this Tig community so special," Markle captioned a photo collage of her readers. "And even though I haven't met most of you, for three years I've seen your faces and read your comments and hugged you from afar. (Domi, Em, Hannah, Sol, Iris, Doris, Jessy, Simone, Cassy....and so many more! I will always be grateful for your support). Go to @thetigofficial or thetig.com to see our official send-off. Sending all the love xx MM #TigFarewell."
News of The Tig coming to an end has spurred engagement speculation between Markle and Prince Harry.
A source close to Markle tells ET that there is no hidden meaning behind her shutting down her blog, but rather running the website became a full-time job and she already has a full-time job on Suits. The source also says that the actress wants to be able to devote more of her time to philanthropy work, which has always been a passion of hers since she began volunteering in soup kitchens at 13. The source adds that Markle will continue volunteering with One Young World, World Vision and UN Women, among others.
In November, Prince Harry released an official statement expressing concern for Markle's safety after their relationship went public. The palace spokesperson noted that Harry “is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.”
“It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,” the statement read. “He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game.’ He strongly disagrees. This is not a game -- it is her life and his.”
ET has reached out to Kensington Palace for comment on Markle shutting down her blog.