For years, the British Royal Family has taken the same stance in handling drama in the public eye: “Refrain and don’t explain.” But in a surprising turn of events, Buckingham Palace has come forward with a very clear expectation for royal watchers, and with specific regards to the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex.
Meghan has been slammed with criticism and mistruths by several who claim to know her well including her own half-sister, Samantha Markle, and millions of others who truly know nothing about her. Day after day, sometimes hour after hour, new stories are being created attacking Meghan and pitting her against her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.
Some of the most obscene critical comments and attacks have been made over social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. One those platforms, royal watchers have a chance to comment their thoughts on images of members of the royal family, and many times their comments are harsh.
For over a year, the Royal Family remained taking their usual stance: Refrain and don’t explain. But in February 2019, they finally decided to speak out and let royal watchers know exactly what they do and do not tolerate.
The Royal Family website, www.royal.uk, recently took matters into their own hand by publishing Social Media Community Guidelines. The guidelines include expectations of anyone communicating about the Royal Family. The expectations state the following:
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 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.
We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness, and respect for all other members of our social media communities.
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.
By engaging with our social media channels you agree to follow these guidelines.
They also shared what comments must not include:
Contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence.
Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
Breach any of the terms of any of the social media platforms themselves.
Be off-topic, irrelevant or unintelligible.
Contain any advertising or promote any services.
I think it’s great that Kensington finally took a very public stance on what will and will not be tolerated on social media. We hope these guidelines will contribute to a better online community for the Royal Family.