We knew Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton fans were devoted, but we had no idea their feud was THIS intense. Apparently, Kensington Palace staff spend hours each week patrolling social media for sexist and racist comments. The Duchesses (who we believe are equally awesome in their own rights) even receive violent threats. It's gotten so bad Palace staffers have even asked Instagram for help.
Monitoring for trolls is nearly a full-time job. The Kensington Palace Instagram received "hundreds of thousands of comments" during the last year alone. In an attempt to combat the nastiness, the Palace has blocked certain words. But, even with deleting comments, blocking users and, at times, bringing in law enforcement officials, the staff is fighting an uphill battle. "It's something you have to manage because there's no other way to control it," one source told Hello Magazine.
A major driving force behind the drama is the perceived rivalry between Meghan and Kate. "Some of the worst stuff is between Kate fans and Meghan fans," the source said. People take to the comments to fight about who looks more appropriate, and the arguments are turning ugly. "It's creating a supercharged atmosphere and everyone can join in, but what are the consequences of this?" the source said.
Oh, yes, because there ARE consequences for the mean things we write online. For starters—oh I don't know—just the DOWNFALL OF CIVILIZED SOCIETY. Believe it or not: It's possible to love your favorite celebrity without attacking another one. When in doubt, remember this old adage: If you don't have anything nice to say, STFU. Just because they wear crowns doesn't mean they're not human beings. Can we PLZ let the Duchesses live?