The Duchess of Sussex is at the centre of a diet pill scam, in which fraudsters are using the royal’s image to sell potentially dangerous weight-loss supplements.
A campaign for a product called ‘Keto Weight Loss tablets’ featured pre- and post-pregnancy photos of the 38-year-old, and claims that she used the supplements after the birth of baby Archie earlier this year.
The scam also contained fabricated quotes from Meghan, such as: “Post pregnancy my body had lost its shape. But, with Keto body tone, I came back.”
The ads were running on a site called First Level Fitness, among others, and were exposed by a Sunday Mirror investigation. (The paper has alerted the palace to the issue, and was thanked by a spokesperson for doing so.)
Another fake quote said: “All my life I’ve been passionate about taking care of my weight due to the pressures of Hollywood to stay young and look fit.”
One advert took the scam further, featuring additional fabricated quotes insinuating that the duchess had been involved in the creation of the pills.
“For the last 10 years I’ve been travelling the world and sourcing organic ingredients and weight loss remedies,” it claimed she’d said. “The culmination is the launch of my all-female-owned weight loss line which combines the world’s richest and most sought after ingredients at affordable and everyday prices.”
Needless to say, any sort of pill that claims to aid weight loss or burn fat is potentially incredibly dangerous. The ingredients they contain can mess with your heart health, your digestion and can encourage disordered eating.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK.