Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and their 20-month son Archie are currently living in California and have been vocal critics of the role of online platforms, including social media. The couple previously lived in the grounds of Kensington Palace before they moved to Frogmore Cottage in early 2019 ahead of the arrival of their first child later that year in May.
A Palace insider has said Meghan would be targeted with “vile” online abuse and staff would spend hours trying to delete “thousands” of comments.
Computer systems were equipped to filter out the most hateful remarks but the sheer volume of messages meant some would slip through the net and require staff to intervene.
A royal source told The Sun: “It was pretty vile for a while.
“There are automated tools which can help to police the very inappropriate comments getting through and also manual moderation – but there are often thousands of comments.
“It only takes a couple of people to stir up a really nasty conversation with people being very aggressive.”
Meghan and Harry have taken a step back from social media after quitting their senior roles within the Royal Family last March.
Last year, Meghan opened up on the abuse she has suffered online at the hands of trolls.
Speaking on the Teenage Therapy podcast in October, Meghan gave an insight into the “almost unsurvivable” abuse has experienced while she was pregnant and then became a mother in 2019.
Meghan said she was told that “in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world – male or female”.
She added: “Eight months of that, I wasn’t even visible, I was on maternity leave with the baby.
“But what was able to be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable, it’s so big you can’t even think what that feels like”.
The Duchess said the experience can have a “damaging” effect on a persons’ mental health regardless of their age.
He said: “To their own degree, everyone has been deeply affected by the current consequences of the digital space.”
Harry added: “From an early age, the guiding principle in my life has been about the duty to truth, the pursuit of compassion, and the alleviation of suffering.
“My life has always been about trying to do my part to help those who need it most, and right now, we need this change, because it touches nearly every single thing we do or are exposed to.”