Meghan Markle: Victimized By Fraudulent Revenge Porn on Twitter

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As you may have heard, Meghan Markle was in New York City this week for a baby shower hosted by a handful of her closest friends.

While the celebration was reportedly a rather pricey affair -- as is customary for well-heeled public figures in any line of work -- the bill was footed entirely by Meghan's A-list associates, a group that includes Serena Williams and Amal Clooney.

Meghan Markle: Bumpin!

Based on the backlash, however, you would have thought that the whole thing was taxpayer funded.

The British tabloid press -- which has been relentlessly critical of Meghan from the time her relationship with Prince Harry was first made public -- claims that the royals are angry about the shower, as such customs are considered beneath her station.

And then there was this woman who donned a mask and took to the streets to repeatedly shout the phrase "charlatan duchess" at Markle.

Markle Hater

(Note to Crazy Lady: This is America. If you want to make headlines for being racist in the streets, you'll need a more scathing insult than "charlatan.")

Sadly, the harassment that Meghan received on the streets of Manhattan gave way to a less immediately dangerous, but equally virulent strain of pestering on social media.

British bird cage-liner The Sun tweeted about the Masked Dumbass and the comments quickly devolved into the sort of troll-fest that Twitter has sadly become known for.

Markle Haters on Twitter

Thankfully, the site deleted a tweet in which the user suggested that Meghan should be shot.

Unfortunately, it appears administrators have been unable to keep up with the deluge of hate directed at Meghan, as the harassment campaign continues, mostly unabated.

The above screenshot was sent to The Hollywood Gossip by a reader who claims that the "Kozi" account is one of several alternates used by Meghan's half-sister, Samantha Markle.

Meghan Markle Happy

Please note that while we have reported extensively on Samantha's harassment of Meghan in the past, we were unable to substantiate the claim that she is the owner of the account or the author of the tweet displayed here.

Regardless of who's responsible, however, one glimpse at a thread like this might be enough to convince you that the targeted harassment campaign against Meghan is far more serious than you had realized.

Particularly appalling is the content posted by a user who goes by the handle @YankeeWally, in reference to Wallis Simpson -- the American actress whose intended marriage to Edward VIII resulted in the king's abdication.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on a Walk

The account tweeted two photos that claim to show Meghan in various states of undress.

We will not be reproducing or linking to them, both because they're likely fraudulent and because posting explicit photos without the subject's consent constitutes an act of sexual assault.

But let it be known that this is the sort of harassment Meghan endures for committing the unforgivable sin of marrying into a high-profile family.

And if you're as disgusted as we are, feel free to tag @jack and @twittersupport in your complaints.

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