Palace officials release new social media guidelines after call to end online abuse of the royal family
Cape Town – Palace officials have released new guidelines for interacting with the royal family on their various social media platforms.
Kensington Palace on Monday tweeted a statement of the list of guidelines as well as any consequences if they are not adhered to.
"These guidelines are in place to help create a safe environment on all social media channels run by The Royal Family, Clarence House and Kensington Palace," the statement reads.
"We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities," it continues. "In order to help create this safe environment we have set out some guidelines which apply to any engagement with us or other members of the community on any of our social media channels."
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The new guiding principles come after the palace issued a public plea for social media users to tone down inappropriate criticism of sisters-in-law Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.
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Shortly after their plea, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York penned an open letter on the negative effects of social media in support of the #HelloToKindness campaign, launched by British magazine Hello!
In the letter Fergie addresses the vilified treatment of herself and the late Princess Diana compared to that of Kate and Meghan, saying: " Women, in particular, are constantly pitted against and compared with each other in a way that reminds me of how people tried to portray Diana and me all the time as rivals, which is something neither of us ever really felt."
She concluded: "Let's all try to think before we post. Let's all try to treat each other a little more gently. Before starting an argument online, take a deep breath and try to respect someone else's position."
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