‘Protective’ William launched royal investigation into ‘horrendous abuse’ of Meghan & Kate

Prince William ‘feeling protective of wife’ says expert

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Prince William has taken on social media companies after being spurred on by the “horrendous” comments about Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle. The Duke of Cambridge recently joined a global boycott, led by the UK football community, against social media firms for not taking enough action against online abuse. HeirPod host Omid Scobie and ABC News producer Zoe Magee discussed how the Royal Household had tried to tackle the problem too.

Ms Magee told listeners: “A couple of years ago there was an investigation by Kensington Palace.

“They worked with some of the social media companies because there had been so much abuse.

“Not just of the Duchess of Sussex, but also the Duchess of Cambridge.

“There was a lot of pitting those two women against each other.”

She continued: “Some of the comments were just horrendous.

“So he’s probably feeling protective of his wife as well.”

After the 2019 investigation, new guidelines were posted on the official Royal Family website.

According to the Palace, they were set up to “create an environment where our community can engage safely in debate and is free to make comments, questions and suggestions”.

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They asked that royal fans “show courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities”.

It also stated that comments must not promote discrimination, nor should they be “abusive, hateful or inflammatory”.

Mr Scobie noted that William had “joined in efforts to deal with online bullying before”.

He told the podcast: “Those efforts with the Diana Awards didn’t really come to the climax that they would have hoped.

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“He, at the time, spoke about how disappointed he was that social media companies weren’t seeing where the problems were.

“So, of course, efforts like the boycott really hammer those points home.

“It was led by some of the biggest football players in the world all taking a stand against online abuse.

“It will be interesting to see if he continues with this.”

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