Kensington Palace releases new social media guidelines

The Royal Household publishes new social media guidelines

In a groundbreaking move, the palace has released official guidelines for how to interact with the royal family's official social media accounts.

The statement from the palace, issued by the Twitter account of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, comes after what can only be described as an online frenzy spanning the past few months, with brutal speculation, shocking abuse and rumors more ridiculous by the day-let's be honest, largely aimed towards the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

"These guidelines are in place to help create a safe environment" on their social media channels, the statement says.

The royal family said it reserves the right to delete comments, block users and report posters to police if their contributions do not meet their guidelines, which also state that comments "must not be off-topic, irrelevant or unintelligible".

The protocol said royal officials would determine whether the guidelines had been breached and anyone who did so would be blocked or have their comments hidden or deleted.

We also reserve the right to send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation as we feel necessary or is required by law.

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The Royal Family has 3.8 million followers on Twitter, 4.5 million on Instagram, and its Facebook page has 4.8 million likes, while Clarence House has 812,000 followers on Twitter and 624,000 on Instagram.

The guidelines follow rumors in recent months about a feud between Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and online abuse from fans of one duchess hurled at fans of the other.

"People see their opinions as valid and I don't think they totally understand journalists do research, that the royals have a job to do".

From their clothing choices to their weight, from their family relationships to their student days, both women have been the focus of relentless media attention and social media haranguing. Campaign, saying it was not a matter of free speech.

Before the birth of social media, their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was a constant target for British tabloids and paparazzi who hounded her every move.

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