Meghan Markle has been the subject of extreme cyber bullying on the Kensington Royal Instagram account. While some may argue this type of commentary comes with the territory of her public profession, it’s hard to watch. Users have been dubbing the Duchess Of Sussex “MeAgain” and complaining the account only focuses on Markle. It’s the density of negative comments about the newest Royal, however, that are not OK.
While we don’t like to give air time to this type of keyboard behaviour, here’s an example. “I never liked her on the show because of her messy previous marriages, her days as a suitcase girl and yacht prostitute,” one user wrote. “I lost 100% respect for her when she abandoned her boyfriend to skank after Prince Harry. I believe the Royal Family should not allow the face of an indecent and disrespectable person like her on their public media [sic].”
In November of 2016, abuse against Markle in the tabloid media became so bad, Prince Harry was forced to release an extraordinary statement attacking the “racial undertones” in the press coverage surrounding their relationship. “The past week has seen a line crossed,” the Palace’s statement warned. “[Markle] has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public – the smear of the front page of a national newspaper; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”
It was the first time a palace spokesperson has used such direct and outspoken language. Is it time for another letter of warning? At the very least, Kensington Royal needs to turn off its comments for a little while.