Fierce defenders of the royal mother-of-one have described how they have been snubbed on Twitter by fellow Meghan backers for no apparent reason. The social media debate came on the back of Meghan’s controversial remarks at a virtual political summit.
Meghan, who still holds her royal title, sidestepped tradition of royal neutrality to openly discuss politics – and in doing so, frustrated some fans, while others praised her.
Fans of Meghan said on Twitter they were “worried” that they had unknowingly followed accounts which had criticised the Duchess of Sussex and had unwittingly been punished for doing so.
One fan of the duchess with the Twitter handle @meghansupporter said: “Guys, do I follow someone that sent bad tweets towards Meghan & Harry?
“I noticed that many Sussex squad members blocked me and I don’t know what I did to cause that.
“I’d really love to be educated because it makes me feel bad not to know the reason.”
They added: “I love following new people because it’s just nice to find new friends but I never double check the accounts… I just take hours to find new interesting accounts to follow for fun but I might also hit the follow button with mean people I don’t notice.”
They said they felt “worried because the last thing I want to do is to make the squad upset”.
A second Meghan fan said the same thing had happened to her and suggested there may have been no reason for the blocking action.
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While Meghan did not mention Donald Trump by name, many viewers of the “When All Women Vote” event interpreted her comments as a call to vote against the Republican president.
Meghan said: “You know, I think we’re only 75 days away from election day and that is so very close. And yet there’s so much work to be done in that amount of time.
“Because we all know what’s at stake this year.
“I know it, I think all of you certainly know it, and if you’re here on this fun event with us, then you’re just as mobilised and energised to see the change we all need and deserve.
“This fight is worth fighting and we all need to be out there mobilising to have our voices heard.”
Mr Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will face-off at the November 3 election.
Meghan is eligible to vote in the ballot as she is a US citizen but the Duke of Sussex is not.
The Queen and fellow members of the Royal Family do not vote in the UK.
This is not a rule, but rather a choice as the Firm is expected to remain neutral on all political matters.