Before Meghan Markle was the Duchess of Sussex, she had a robust social media presence. She regularly posted on her personal Instagram account, and of course, ran the now-shuttered lifestyle blog The Tig.
But few people know that Prince Harry was also active on social media before meeting his now-wife. Finding Freedom, a forthcoming biography of the Sussexes by reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, alleges that Prince Harry used a private Instagram account with a Deadmau5-themed handle.
Shortly after Harry and Meghan's first date at Soho House’s Dean Street Townhouse in London, Meghan started following the Instagram account @SpikeyMau5. (For reference, the account is currently private, and has just one follower. It follows four other accounts. It's unclear if Harry still uses it.)
According to Scobie and Durand, SpikeyMau5 is actually Prince Harry's alias.
"With no face visible in the profile photo, just a mouse-shaped helmet, it would have meant nothing to most people. But it was in fact Harry’s private account. A big house music fan, he crafted the pseudonym by using part of the name of one of his favourite DJs, Deadmau5," write the authors.
"Spikey came from a Facebook alias that Harry used for an account he had under the name of Spike Wells. 'Spike' was a nickname sometimes used for the prince, particularly by Scotland Yard officers." That Facebook account is now, reportedly, defunct.
And while Harry's Instagram was private, Scobie and Durand allege that Meghan sent Harry a not-so-subtle message through her own post the night of their first date.
That evening, she shared "a photo of a Love Hearts candy with the inscription 'Kiss Me' and the caption 'Lovehearts in #London.'"
"Whether it had meaning to anyone else, Harry got the message," say Scobie and Durand.
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