Prince Harry says social media is 'more dangerous' than drugs and alcohol

Prince Harry had harsh words of warning for fans of social media and video games during a royal engagement on Wednesday. 

“Social media is more addictive than drugs and alcohol, yet it’s more dangerous because it’s normalized and there are no restrictions to it,” he said during a roundtable discussion on children’s mental health at a YMCA in London’s South Ealing neighborhood, according to The Independent.

The Duke of Sussex then said that video games, like the popular game “Fortnite,” should come with major restrictions. 

“Where is the benefit in having that game in your household?” he added. “It’s created to addict — an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible.” 

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage at We Day UK at SSE Arena on March 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak on stage during WE Day UK 2019 at The SSE Arena on March 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak on stage during WE Day UK 2019 at The SSE Arena on March 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak on stage during WE Day UK 2019 at The SSE Arena on March 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak on stage during WE Day UK 2019 at The SSE Arena on March 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak on stage during WE Day UK 2019 at The SSE Arena on March 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
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The timing of his comments was a bit ironic, as the household of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex debuted an Instagram account this week, SussexRoyal, devoted to Harry and Meghan. 

The Guinness Book of World Records declared that the new account was the fastest to reach 1 million followers, shattering a record set by Korean pop sensation Kang Daniel.

SussexRoyal hit 1 million followers in just under six hours. it had 3.5 million followers as of Thursday afternoon London time.

The royal family issued guidelines in March for people interacting with its social media accounts, after a torrent of racial abuse was directed at Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

A statement put out by the family, Clarence House and Kensington Palace said that in extreme cases of abuse, users will be reported to the police. 

“The aim of our social media channels is to create an environment where our community can engage safely in debate and is free to make comments, questions and suggestions,” the guidelines stated. “We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities.”

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RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives to meet Crown Prince of Morocco, Moulay Hassan at a Royal Residence on February 23, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Casablanca Airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Casablanca Airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is welcomed by British Ambassador to Morocco Thomas Reilly and his wife Alix Reilly as she arrives at Casablanca Airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are welcomed by British Ambassador to Morocco Thomas Reilly as they arrive at Casablanca Airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Casablanca Airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are welcomed by officials as they arrive at Casablanca Airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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