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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry also get involved in the web. According to People magazine, this Sunday, June 28, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex embarked on a new battle against Facebook.

After taking a stand for the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd, and after their conflict with the British press, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are embarking on a crusade against online hate speech.

On Sunday 28 June, our colleagues from the American magazine People announced that the parents of little Archie have discreetly committed themselves to the Stop Hate For Profit campaign, announced on Wednesday 17 June 2020, which advocates a boycott of Facebook.

Indeed, this mobilization calls on CEOs around the world to temporarily withdraw their ads from the social network, which is criticized for broadcasting all types of political advertising, even misinformation.

The spouses commit themselves by wearing the label of their new foundation, Archewell. “One of the areas the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted to address is online hate speech, and we have been working with civil rights and racial justice groups on this,” said a source close to the couple with People.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry supported “a coalition of civil and racial justice groups like the NAACP, Color of Change, and the Anti-Defamation League,” all calling for “structural changes in our online world.”

This is obvious to the lovebirds who “throughout their lives have both been driven by an innate need to fight injustice,” according to the informant. According to our colleagues on the other side of the Atlantic, it’s not only the Crown rebels who are defending this campaign, but also various companies from all walks of life, such as “Coca-Cola, Eileen Fisher, Honda, Levi’s, Patagonia and Verizon.

” A mobilization that has already borne fruit: this Friday, June 26th, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a change in his policies to ban the dissemination of hate speech in social network ads.

Financial setbacks and bitter biography

But if they continue to be involved in causes that are important to them, even from Los Angeles, where Prince Harry is struggling to find his bearings, Meghan Markle and her husband will also have to look at their financial situation.

With Prince Charles’ support during their transition year, the couple was able to begin reimbursing the renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage as early as May 2020. However, the Duke of Cornwall will no longer be able to afford to maintain them, as revealed by Royal Correspondent Richard Palmer on Twitter.

The financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic is to blame. And while their mobilisations are causing ink to flow, their personal lives are also being criticised again and again following the publication of the shock book Meghan and Harry: The Real Story on Thursday 25 June.

Photo credits: AGENCY / BESTIMAGE

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