Meghan and Kate become targets of 'quite serious' abuse on Instagram

Prince George's nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo talks to Queen Elizabeth II as they leave the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge in 2015

There have been rumours in recent months that Meghan and Catherine have been feuding, with the alleged feud starting when Catherine was reportedly left in tears after the fitting for Princess Charlotte's bridesmaid dress ahead of the Royal wedding.

Kensington Palace on Monday announced that the Duke of Sussex - who now holds the title as the Captain General of the Royal Marines - will visit Exercise Clockwork in Bardufoss, Norway on Thursday, 14 February. Magazine, the palace staff spend "a lot of hours" trying to remove negative comments about the Duchesses, with online abuse ranging from criticizing the way the women look to threats of violence.

Hello! has seen a similar level of hostility in the comments the outlet receives online, prompting the launch of its #HelloToKindness campaign.

The source continued: "It's creating a supercharged atmosphere, and everyone can join in, but that are the consequences of this?"

"The Palace has always monitored comments but it's a hugely time-consuming thing", the royal source told Hello! However, the Instagram account has grown significantly over the past two years and the scale of the comments has grown to thousands appearing within a few hours.

"You can delete and report and block people and the police have options around particular people", the insider says. On the day she was announced as patron of four charities and visited one of them, Smart Works, trolls targeted Meghan with a string of criticisms including accusing her of faking her pregnancy to get attention, trying too hard, walking strangely, touching her baby bump too often, and being too thin.

The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday in an editorial called "Vile Abuse" that numerous comments made about Meghan and Kate are too vicious to publish and have included threats.

In the past, the Duchess was often observed out on public functions, getting out her chauffeured ride and closing the vehicle door on her own.

"There's a wider narrative in the media pitting them against each other, and unfortunately people are piling in and taking sides", Emily Nash, the magazine's royal editor, explained to CNN. "And it's not acceptable to attack other users just because they disagree with you".

"We just decided enough is enough". It's not acceptable to post abusive, sexist, racist or threatening comments on our platforms or anyone else's.

As expected, the most venomous comments pit the two Duchesses against each other.



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