The Queen’s death has ignited a fresh wave of online abuse targeting Meghan Markle and Camilla Parker Bowles

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Camilla, Queen Consort are seen during The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England.

Since the Queen’s death, sensational misinformation and harassment directed at Meghan Markle and Camilla, the Queen Consort, have spread online.Chris Jackson/Staff/Getty Images

  • Online harassment of Camilla, the Queen Consort, and Meghan Markle ramped up after the Queen died.

  • TikTokers have brutally compared Camilla and Diana and circulated misinformation about Meghan.

  • In 2020, Meghan described the online abuse she’d faced as “almost unsurvivable.”

As millions mourn the Queen’s death, Meghan Markle and Camilla Parker Bowles have once again found themselves the targets of online harassment and misinformation campaigns.

TikTok videos ridiculing Meghan during the live broadcast of the Queen’s state funeral on Monday garnered millions of views. Another series of videos criticized Meghan’s funeral attire and accused her of copying an old outfit of Princess Diana’s, even though the video — viewed more than 22.5 million times — predated the funeral and used photos from Remembrance Day in 2019.

For the Gen Z users who primarily populate TikTok, fictional portrayals such as “The Crown” (which kicked off a fresh bout of online harassment of Camilla after its depiction of the affair) and TikToks about the royals contribute to a fresh distaste for the Queen Consort.

Engagement-driven algorithms tend to amplify polarizing videos rather than stanch them, and online abuse and misinformation tend to go viral at an alarming rate — whether it’s misinformation about Meghan’s funeral attire or the conspiracy theory that the Queen died because of the COVID-19 vaccine .

Slideshows of Camilla captioned “the new queen” or “his wife” juxtaposed with photos of Diana captioned “the real queen” and “his ex-wife” have been set to contemporary music and watched by hundreds of thousands of people. The hashtag “Cowmilla,” referring to the Queen Consort, has been used on videos directing online harassment at Camilla and on videos solely criticizing Meghan.

Screenshots placed side-by-side of a TikTok video comparing the Queen Consort Camilla with the late-Diana, Princess of Wales

TikTok users have been pitting Camilla against Diana in a wave of online harassment after the Queen’s death.TikTok; @luckisonyoursidex

The Sussexes quit social media because of harassment in January 2021. An interview with The Cut published last month described Meghan as “ready for her next act” and teased a return to Instagram.

Meghan has been a lightning rod for online abuse and a staple of British tabloids since her relationship with Prince Harry became public in 2016, leading the couple to announce in January 2020 that they would “step back as ‘senior members'” of the British royal family . That October, in an appearance on the podcast “Teenager Therapy,” Meghan described the online abuse as “almost unsurvivable.”

“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world — male or female,” Meghan said, adding that she hadn’t even been “visible” for eight months of the year because of maternity leave.

A screenshot of a TikTok showing Meghan Markle in an all-black outfit with a red flower pinned to her lapel and the text

A viral TikTok about Meghan “dressing as Diana” to attend the Queen’s funeral went viral, even though the video was posted before the funeral.TikTok; @notsoseriouss

The 41-year-old former actor is a contemporary fixation for trolls, but this fresh wave of online harassment directed at Camilla, 75, is a revival of older vitriol made newly visible to young people.

Many held Camilla responsible for the dissolution of the marriage of Diana and Charles, now the king, in the 1990s.

“It’s actually almost inconceivable how much abuse Camilla took,” Tina Brown, the author of “The Palace Papers,” said in an April interview with The Washington Post. “I mean, she was called hag, old bag, witch. I mean, these were the kind of words that were used about Camilla for years.”

Brown went on to say that public opinion of Camilla grew especially vitriolic after Diana’s death in 1997.

Camilla was “considered the ugly sort of force that had driven, you know, Diana into such pain and sadness, you know, I mean, the love that Charles had for her,” she said.

In her famous 1995 interview with the journalist Martin Bashir, Diana referred to Camilla as the “third person” in her marriage. British media dubbed Camilla “the most hated woman in Britain.”

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