Following the Queen’s passing, online abuse directed towards Camilla, the Queen Consort, and Meghan Markle has increased.
The appearances of Camilla and Diana have been cruelly contrasted on TikTok, and inaccurate information about Meghan has been spread.
Meghan stated in 2020 that the internet abuse she experienced was once “nearly unsurvivable.”
Meghan Markle and Camilla Parker Bowles have once again become the objects of internet hate and disinformation campaigns as millions mourn the passing of the Queen.
During the live broadcast of the Queen’s royal funeral on Monday, TikTok videos mocking Meghan received millions of views. Even though the video, which has been viewed more than 22.5 million times, was made before the burial and utilised images from 2019 Remembrance Day, it ridiculed Meghan’s funeral clothing and claimed she had copied Princess Diana’s old look.
TikToks about the royal family and fictional depictions of the royal family like “The Crown,” which sparked new online abuse of Camilla after its depiction of the affair, are fueling Gen Z fans’ growing hostility toward the Queen Consort.
Online abuse and false information spread at an alarming rate, whether it’s false information regarding Markle’s burial outfit or the theory that the Queen died as a result of the COVID-19 vaccine. Engagement-driven algorithms often promote divisive videos rather than quell them.
Thousands of people have viewed slide shows of Camilla with the titles “the new queen” or “his wife” next to pictures of Diana with the titles “the actual queen” and “his ex-wife.” These slideshows were adapted to modern music. Both videos targeting Meghan alone and ones aimed primarily at Camilla have utilised the hashtag “Cowmilla,” which refers to the Queen Consort.
The Sussexes stopped using social media in January 2021 because of persistent hostility, but Meghan hinted about a comeback to Instagram in a recent interview with The Cut.
Since she started dating Prince Harry publicly in 2016, Meghan has become a target for online abuse and a regular in British tabloids. As a result, the couple announced they will “step aside as’senior members'” of the British royal family in January 2020. On the “Teenager Therapy” podcast in October of that same year, Meghan said the online abuse was “nearly unsurvivable.”
Meghan added, adding that she had not even been “visible” for eight months of the year because of maternity leave, “I’m told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire globe – male or female.”
Although Camilla, 75, is a target of recent online harassment, earlier hate speech has been revived and made more accessible to the younger generation by the 41-year-old former actress, who is a modern obsession for trolls.
Many people blamed Camilla for the 1990s divorce of King Charles and Princess Diana, who later passed away.
“Actually, the amount of abuse Camilla endured is nearly incomprehensible. She was referred to as a witch, old bag, and a hag. These were the phrases that had been used for years to describe Camilla “In an interview with The Washington Post in April, Tina Brown, the author of The Palace Papers, remarked.
Brown continued by claiming that after Diana’s passing in 1997, Camilla’s reputation suffered particularly harsh criticism.
The love that Charles felt for her, she added, “I mean, Camilla was the type of nasty—you know, considered the ugly sort of force that had drove, you know, Diana into such anguish and sadness.”
Diana referred to her then-mistress husband’s and future bride as the “third person” in her marriage in a famous 1995 interview with the journalist Martin Bashir, and British media called Camilla “the most loathed woman in Britain.”