Racists’ ‘ghetto’ slurs against Duchess on Palace In­sta­gram

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Char­lotte Wace

VILE racist com­ments about Meghan Markle are lit­ter­ing Kens­ing­ton Palace’s official In­sta­gram site, The Mail on Sun­day can re­veal.

One mes­sage even ap­pears to threaten the Duchess of Sus­sex.

On a video of Meghan and Prince Harry in New Zealand dur­ing their tour, a con­trib­u­tor writes: ‘Soon it will be me who is next to Harry and Megssy will be gone.’ The mes­sage is fol­lowed by six emoji im­ages of a kitchen knife. Other foul posts ac­cuse the Duchess of bleach­ing her skin to look whiter, call her ‘tacky’ and ‘trashy’. An­other mes­sage makes ref­er­ence to ‘the ghetto’ – a clear racial slur.

And de­spite Palace of­fi­cials mon­i­tor­ing the site, which has seven mil­lion fol­low­ers, many com­ments have re­mained un­cen­sored for up to a week. Some fol­low­ers have ap­pealed to the Palace to take down the vitri­olic abuse, claim­ing to find it up­set­ting.

Me­dia lawyer Yari Cohen said tar­get­ing the Duchess via her official page could in­crease the sever­ity of any pos­si­ble of­fence be­cause the per­son post­ing com­ments ‘is as­sum­ing to a de­gree that she [Meghan] is go­ing to be read­ing it’.

Kens­ing­ton Palace re­fused to comment last night.

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