MEGHAN Markle has received a wave of abuse online over photos of her cradling her bump, causing Kensington Palace to make the unusual step of issuing guidelines for social media.
The pregnant Duchess is expecting her first child with Prince Harry in April, and has been pictured with her ever-growing bump as the couple carry out royal duties.
But the 37-year-old has been the victim of vile trolling as people comment on the Duchess’ bump.
Her prominent stomach, which Meghan sometimes reveals in tight-fitting clothing, has caused wide-spread speculation over how far along she is, whether she’s expecting twins and when she’s due.
One photo in particular, which showed Meghan’s ‘popped’ belly button, caused a stir online.
Meghan, who is thought to be around seven months pregnant, wore a flowing floor-length Dior kaftan while on tour in Morocco.
Her ‘popped’ belly button was visible under her cream gown, which often occurs in the later stages of pregnancy.
It received widespread abuse, forcing Kensington Palace to step in.
The palace’s Twitter account issued guidelines for people commenting on social media – a veiled reference to the abuse Meghan, and Kate, have been receiving online.
The statement reads: “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.
“We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities.
“In order to help create this safe environment we have set out some guidelines which apply to any engagement with us or other members of the community on any of our social media channels.”
“By engaging with our social media channels you agree to follow these guidelines.
“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.”
A photo series from the Morocco tour, which shows Meghan in the Dior gown, has racked up more than 1,500 comments on Kensington Palace’s Instagram.
Some commenters called the dress “hideous”, while others said she had “a nerve” to spend £90k on the garment.
Others called her “horrible” and claimed she had been “photoshopped”.
It was recently revealed the palace is struggling to keep up with the surge of negative comments both Duchesses are receiving online.
In January, it was reported that palace officials which monitor comments couldn’t keep up with the waves of abuse posted on the official palace Instagram page.
A source told Hello!: “Over the course of last year, with hundreds of thousands of comments, there were two or three that were violent threats.
“It follows a Kate vs Meghan narrative and some of the worst stuff is between Kate fans and Meghan fans.”
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