The royal family just released a list of social media rules to stop the 'sexist' and 'racist' trolling of Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton
Although it's been nearly a year since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wed, and over eight years since the nuptials of Kate Middleton and Prince William, us plebeians still can't get enough of anything related to the British monarchy.
This doesn't spare Meghan and Kate from online trolling, however. Just like almost every other female celeb out there, the duchesses have fallen victim to The Daily Mail's rumour mill, and the hate their reporting so often incites. Accordingly, per a report from Hello magazine, the staff of Kensington Palace have been spending hours upon hours monitoring the sexist, racist and even violent comments directed at Meghan and Kate.
And it's gotten so bad that the royal family have just released a series of social media guidelines to counteract cyberbullying and discriminatory abuse, and to create a "safe environment" across their various channels.
The guidelines, which were published today on the official royal family website, requests that anyone engaging with their social media networks show "courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members" of their communities.
The channels they are referring to are the Queen's social media account, The Royal Family, as well as Prince Charles and Camilla's, Clarence House, and finally, Prince William, Kate, Harry and Meghan's, Kensington Royal.
The palace states that comments must not;
"Contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence. Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age. Breach any of the terms of any of the social media platforms themselves. Be off-topic, irrelevant or unintelligible. Contain any advertising or promote any services."
They added that "whether contributions to our social media channels breach our guidelines" is at their discretion, and that they "reserve the right to hide or delete comments made on our channels, as well as block users who do not follow these guidelines".
"We also reserve the right to send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation as we feel necessary or is required by law"
This all comes after reports of an alleged "rivalry" between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.
"It follows a Kate vs Meghan narrative and some of the worst stuff is between Kate fans and Meghan fans," an insider told Hello Magazine. "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?"
Additionally, rumours have been circulating since mid-December that Meghan has been branded "Duchess Difficult" by palace insiders, after it was claimed that her second personal assistant, Samantha Cohen, will be stepping down in the spring.
However, royal expert, Victoria Arbiter, told Inside Edition that she didn't believe Cohen's departure had anything to do with a clash of personalities.
"It seems like suddenly in the last few weeks, this reputation is building of Meghan being difficult," Arbiter asserted. "It’s founded from absolutely nothing. It was said from day one that Samantha Cohen was only going to serve as the interim assistant to Harry and Meghan. She was never meant to stay any longer."