Meghan Markle And Kate Middleton Have Been Victims To Online Threats

'Hello!' reports that staff spends hours moderating hateful comments targeting the duchesses online

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Kensington Palace is combatting abuse targeting Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle on social media. Palace staff is “spending hours each week moderating sexist and racist comments” aimed at the duchesses online, Emily Nash, Hello!‘s royal correspondent, reports. She points out that threats have been made towards the royal pair, and their fans are also targeting each other with online abuse.

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The news comes months after rumors alleged that Meghan and Kate were in the midst of a nasty royal “feud.” The drama, which was unconfirmed by the Palace, yet reported by mainstream media and spread by social media users, became a prime example of how high-profile women in similar positions are often pitted against each other.

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A source told Nash that the Palace has “always monitored” comments on social media, but the task is “hugely time consuming.” Of the hundreds of thousands of comments posted in the last year, two or three included violent threats, the insider said.

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“You can delete and report and block people and the police have options around particular people,” the source added. “It’s something you have to manage because there’s no other way to control it.”

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Kensington Palace has turned to Instagram corporate to learn about tools that can help combat the online bullying, Nash reports. The company “has a team dedicated to helping high-profile Instagram followers cope with issues such as these, and particularly around the monitoring of unpleasant and abusive comments,” she writes.

A source added that some of the worst online abuse is between Kate’s and Meghan’s fanbases. “Arguments about who looks more appropriate, for example, that turn into personal attacks on other users,” the insider told Nash.

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The Duchess of Sussex has unfortunately been targeted with online hate since she first came into the royal spotlight.

Back in 2016, Prince Harry issued a rare statement while they were dating that denounced the “wave of abuse and harassment” and “outright sexism and racism of social media trolls.” He also voiced concern about Meghan’s safety.

The negative comments towards Meghan and Kate has inspired Hello! to start the #HelloToKindness campaign, which is meant to tackle online abuse and spread positivity on social media.

This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US

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