Meghan Markle: Palace Officials Defend Duchess Against Online Harassment

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Pretty much from the moment the world learned that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were dating, a small but very vocal contingent of the internet's most hateful asshats has been working non-stop to make Meghan's life of living hell.

Most of the online abuse endured by the Duchess of Sussex is just the sort of obscenely-laced vitriol that we've all sadly come to accept as an unfortunate aspect of daily life in 2019.

Meghan Markle and Supporters

If you've ever made the fatal mistake of expressing an opinion on a YouTube video, you may have experienced this sort of bullying from anonymous cowards for yourself.

But there's also a much darker side to this targeted harassment.

Over the course of her years in the international spotlight, we've seen "revenge porn" targeted at Meghan (mostly still photos that appear to be doctored), as well as truly vile comments about the duchess' race.

Meghan Markle Royally Waves

The situation came to a head during the reports of a feud between Meghan and Kate Middleton that began to surface late last year.

Though details of the situation were scarce, a large number of royal obsessives sided with Kate, and many expressed their hatred toward Meghan in deeply disturbing ways.

In an almost unprecedented move, Kensington Palace issued a statement on the situation in which officials basically told both online bullies and aggressive tabloid journalists to back off.

Meghan Markle with a Big Smile

Now, just weeks before Meghan is due to give birth to her first child, the hate campaign has once again gathered momentum.

And once again, the palace is sending a clear message to the duchess' harshest critics:

Keep a civil tongue in your head, or we'll block you from commenting and add you to a watchlist.

A Devil is Disguise?

On Monday, Kensington Palace issued a statement to "anyone engaging with our social media channels" and warning of a strict ban on "obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful" 

The post even took things a step further and warned that comments "must not be off-topic, irrelevant or unintelligible."

"These guidelines are in place to help create a safe environment," the statement read.

Regal Twosome

Sadly, this is not the first time palace officials have been forced to take steps in order to protect Meghan's safety.

Last year, Meg's troubled sister, Samantha Markle, was labeled a "fixated person" after she paid an unannounced visit to London in hopes of forcing a meeting with Meghan.

Unfortunately, it seems Meghan has attracted quite a number of fixated persons over the course of her relationship with Harry.

We suppose she should take it as a compliment -- although it's one hell of a frightening tribute.

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