Meghan Markle Troll Accused of Posing as Black Woman Has Second Account Suspended

A Meghan Markle troll's back-up account has been suspended by Twitter after accusations she posed as a black woman.

Data analysts at Bot Sentinel have been investigating anti-Meghan accounts on the platform and say there is evidence of a co-ordinated campaign against her.

The company's founder Christopher Bouzy says the firm has evidence one particular anonymous account, @StandupforKate, belonged to a "middle aged white woman" who described herself as "a proud black woman."

Bouzy wrote on Twitter: "This person isn't a Black woman, she is a middle-aged White woman pretending to be Black. Eventually, we will release a report on digital black face."

Twitter suspended the account yesterday, November 23, telling Newsweek it violated rules on platform manipulation and spam.

Since then, a second account, @meghanmarkliar, belonging to the same person has now also been suspended, Bouzy told Newsweek.

On Twitter, he wrote: "Unfortunately for the hate accounts, we monitor their activity. So tweeting conspiracy theories can be easily debunked with data. StandupforKate had another account: Meghanmarkliar."

The Duchess of Sussex last year told the Teenager Therapy podcast of the impact social media trolling had on her.

Meghan said: "I'm told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world—male or female. Now eight months of that I wasn't even visible.

"I was on maternity leave or with a baby but what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it's almost unsurvivable."

Research by Bot Sentinel suggests 70 percent of negative Twitter posts come from 83 accounts.

Further research by the company identified a network of 245 inauthentic accounts that all followed the same Meghan troll.

Meghan and Prince Harry have repeatedly spoken out about social media, including at the recent New York Times Deal Book summit, on November 9.

The duchess told the event: "One of the things that seems like such an easy solve from my lens, if you look at Instagram for example, there's a like button and then there's comments.

"So if you disagree with something you have to comment on it in a really vitriolic way. If there was a dislike button wouldn't that hugely shift what you were putting out there, because you could just like it or just dislike it.

"Now you have to like it or say something negative. It is just adding to this really unfortunate cycle that I think is having an unfortunate effect on women across the world."

The same day, Prince Harry also told Re:Wired he warned Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey a coup was coming the day before the Capitol riots.

The duke said: "Jack and I were emailing each other prior to January 6 where I warned him that his platform was allowing a coup to be staged.

"That email was sent the day before and then it happened and I haven't heard from him since."

Meghan Markle at Field of Remembrance
Meghan Markle attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey, in London, on November 7, 2019. A Twitter troll was suspended after pretending to be black to post negative comments about her. Chris Jackson/Getty Images