From the alt-right to white supremacists, the people attacking the Duchess of Sussex are a heady cocktail of haters
It is a story so eye-catching, so bizarre yet so strangely in keeping with the age, that even if you have never shown any interest in the royal family, it is transfixing. Trolls on the internet are saying that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s pregnancy is fake. It is a little bit more advanced than that: one has made a video describing how you can tell that her bump is prosthetic, and opining that this is why she is always holding it, to keep it in place. You can scoff, but that particular YouTuber has 30,000 followers.
This is a heady cocktail: there is a hardcore of Meghan-haters, who will critique her for everything, from using vegan paint to failing to consult the Queen about her birth plan. There are people, genuinely, who resent and despise anyone who is pregnant, and you can hear chimes of them in the tabloids accusing Meghan of “flaunting” her bump, as if the sheer visibility of the prospect of a baby is an act of female self-aggrandising. And then there is a dose of plain racism. Don’t forget that the last high-profile pregnant woman to be accused of faking the baby was Beyoncé.