Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Social Media Bullying Prompts Kensington Palace Guidelines

Those in the public eye face a fair amount of bullying on social media and the trolls never seem to take a day off from going after Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. As a result, Kensington Palace has issued official guidelines to minimize the abuse on social media.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle talk while on way to Christmas service.
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have faced online bullying

In an effort to minimize the attacks on Markle and Middleton, Kensington Palace shared their new social media guidelines, which ban any “obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful” remarks.

The guidelines include language that says anyone in breach of the rules may have their comment deleted, be blocked, or even be reported to police.

Kensington Palace explains their social media guidelines

Kensington Palace explained in a tweet: “Today we have published guidelines for interacting with The @RoyalFamily, @ClarenceHouse and Kensington Palace social media channels.”

The link to the complete royal social media guidelines shares the full details, with the rules designed “to help create a safe environment on all social media channels run by The Royal Family, Clarence House and Kensington Palace.”

The guidelines further note: “The aim of our social media channels is to create an environment where our community can engage safely in debate and is free to make comments, questions and suggestions.”

That being said, however, Kensington Palace is asking that those “engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities.”

This includes rules set up regarding the nature of appropriate comments within their social media community. The guidelines share 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 further note that they “reserve the right to determine, at our discretion, whether contributions to our social media channels breach our guidelines. We reserve the right to hide or delete comments made on our channels, as well as block users who do not follow these guidelines.”

Additionally, Kensington Palace remarked that they can “send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation as we feel necessary or is required by law.”

Sarah Ferguson called for an end to Markle and Middleton’s bullying

This social media policy comes on the heels of Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson calling social media a “sewer” earlier this year, as she asked for an end to the online abuse of Middleton and Markle.

In a letter that Ferguson wrote for Hello! magazine, she explained: “It’s time to confront head on the fact that much of social media has become a sewer… Take a look at any website, and you’ll see extraordinarily abusive comments aimed not only at people in the public eye but also other internet users.”

Ferguson continued: “Bullying, sniping, bitching, even the most appalling sexism, racism and homophobia are commonplace — it seems that online, anything goes.”

The Duchess of York further remarked:  “I believe that it’s time to take a stand. This isn’t about free speech… It’s not acceptable to troll other people viciously online.”