Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Have Been Subjected to Horrifying Online Abuse
According to a new report from Hello!, the Kensington Palace staff now have to spend hours each week combating sexist and racist attacks against the two Duchesses. "The Palace has always monitored comments but it’s a hugely time-consuming thing," a source revealed to the publication.
"They can block certain words, but some of it is quite serious," the source continued. "Over the course of last year, with hundreds of thousands of comments, there were two or three that were violent threats. You can delete and report and block people and the police have options around particular people. It’s something you have to manage because there’s no other way to control it."
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle at Wimbledon.
It seems that the hateful comments generally fall in one of two categories: either they're directly attacking a Duchess, or they're going after their fans. In recent months, rumors of a feud between Kate and Meghan may have mobilized each royal's fans against the other's.
"It follows a Kate vs Meghan narrative and some of the worst stuff is between Kate fans and Meghan fans," Hello!'s source explained. "Arguments about who looks more appropriate, for example, that turn into personal attacks on other users. It’s creating a supercharged atmosphere and everyone can join in, but what are the consequences of this?"
Sometimes a particular event will spark
Later, when Meghan announced her first four patronages, commenters attacked her for "faking her pregnancy to get attention, trying too hard, walking strangely, touching her baby bump too much, and being too slim." Dueling users got into heated conflicts, causing one account to tell another to "drink bleach."
Royal staffers clarified that most comments left on the Kensington Palace accounts are positive—but all it takes is a few bad ones to sow discord.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.