This is why Prince William is boycotting social media for the whole bank holiday weekend

The royal won't post on the couples accounts all weekend

Prince William
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Prince William will boycott social media this weekend, along with other famous sports stars, to condemn online racism and abuse linked to sport.

·  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will not use their Twitter or Instagram accounts this weekend – despite celebrating Princess Charlotte’s birthday.

·  Prince William is president of the FA and said on social media, before the boycott, that he stands with football community this weekend.

·  This royal news comes after The Archbishop of Canterbury revealed that the Duke and Duchess weren’t nervous about their wedding 10 years ago.

Despite sharing photos and videos of their family this week Kate and William will boycott social media the whole weekend.

The Duke tweeted about the boycott yesterday, on the couples Kensington Royal Twitter account, saying: "As President of the FA [Football Association] I join the entire football community in the social media boycott this weekend. W."

The boycott is a stance against online racism and abuse and a clear message to social media companies that more should be done to protect people on their platforms.

The campaign started yesterday and will end at midnight on Monday, with other sports stars including England football star Raheem Sterling and Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton taking part.

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Princess Charlotte's birthday is tomorrow and the couple normally release new photos, via social media, to celebrate - but nothing will be posted on their account until Tuesday.

Prince William, who became President of the FA in 2006, recently spoken out about racism in sport: "Racist abuse – whether on the pitch, in the stands, or on social media – is despicable and it must stop now. 

"We all have a responsibility to create an environment where such abuse is not tolerated, and those who choose to spread hate and division are held accountable for their actions. That responsibility extends to the platforms where so much of this activity now takes place."

Sarah Finley

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