In a rare statement Monday, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace issued directives on how social media users should interact with royals.
"The aim of our social media channels is to create an environment where our community can engage safely in debate and is free to make comments, questions and suggestions," the statement read. "We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities."
Posts must not, the Palace wrote "contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence." They must also not promote "discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age."
Those who don’t comply may see posts deleted and they may be blocked from the account in the future. In extreme cases, the Palace warned, they “reserve the right to send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation as we feel necessary or is required by law.”
All of this comes after months of nasty rumors, including a “feud” between sister-in-law Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, and constant unpleasant stories and remarks about Meghan’s father and half-sister.
The post was greeted with enthusiasm. One user wrote, “Finally!” while another posted: “After all the threats and attacks aimed at Meghan, we were hoping the palace would do something.”