I dislike online trolls — people who write nasty, toxic comments. And when Britain’s tabloid newspapers publish stories about Prince Harry’s relationship with his bi-racial, American girlfriend Meghan Markle, the trolls emerge from their dark places in droves.
But something surprising — and encouraging — happened this week. A majority of Daily Mail readers took on the trolls and told the DM it had gone too far this time.
EXCLUSIVE: Meghan Markle’s stony-faced mother is spotted trekking to the Super Suds with her laundry as Suits actress rounds off her romantic African getaway with Prince Harry
Doria Ragland was dressed down (as anyone doing their laundry would), and we could clearly see the comforters, etc. she brought. To some readers, this just proved that Meghan Markle was too low-class for Harry. The comment immediately below is actually mild, by comparison:
MyOpinionOnly, London, United Kingdom
The establishment surely cannot agree to Harry marrying her !
But this time – thank goodness — most readers were outraged at the newspaper and the trolls. Here are a few of the many reactions before the story was abruptly deleted:
Lily, York, United Kingdom
Why has this been published? This is a gross intrusion into someone’s private life. DM should be investigated and brought to account for this. It is clearly intended to attract abusive comments. DM should be reported to IPSO and should face legal action.
Summer07, Oakville, Canada
Agreed this is a despicable intrusion into this woman’s life and a terrible attempt at shaming and bullying a human being for living a normal life.
BatGirl, Bat Cave, United Kingdom
Maybe her own washing machine didn’t fit large amounts of bedding, perfectly understandable. What’s the big deal? That doesn’t make Meghan a bad daughter or this poor, harassed lady, a poor mum. We know what you’re trying to do here DM and this article only goes to show you up for the bullies you are.
DontKnowenough, Essex, United Kingdom
I don’t want to see Meghan’s mother put through hell if Meghan and Harry decide to team up for life — and don’t do it in my name. Well done, Meghan’s mum, clearly a worker – something to be proud of.
Mally, Kingston, Canada
I suppose you’ll do anything for a paycheque…. gutter press!
Frankieessex, Essex, United Kingdom
I really don’t get all the hate against Meghan and her relatives. So her mother goes to the laundrette! How is that a crime or even news? So Prince Harry is dating outside his race. So?? Love knows no boundaries- genuine love that is. I for one am pleased that Harry has chosen to follow his heart. All you haters must not ever have experienced true love to be so focussed on her race/class/colour instead of being happy for two young people apparently in love. Whatever happened to live and let live?
Rubyjas, Bridlington East Yorkshire
OMG, woman who is not related by marriage (or anything else) to the Royal family takes own clothes to the laundry…….. I am speechless.
Leave the woman alone.
Kati 1, London, United Kingdom
So what? Kate’s mother grew up in a council flat. We seem to have very short memories in this country. Leave this poor woman alone. At least we know Meghan will keep Harry’s sheets clean!!!
M. Erlin, Dorset coast, United Kingdom
Seems to me like this woman could teach our privileged monarchy at thing or two….. GOOD ON HER!!
NJZLeigh, London, United Kingdom
Could be that she is doing voluntary work. If it is her own stuff might be that her washing machine cannot take such big loads of bedding. Why is it degrading to do your washing at a laundromat? Good on her she appears to be a hard working normal person that goes about her life in a normal way. Harry has found a great gal, beautiful, intelligent who obviously makes him very happy who just happens to have a normal mother!
Hunterman212, London, United Kingdom
How degrading of the DM to publicise this! Her washing machine may have broken down or she might be washing her duvets in the large capacity machines. So cruel to shame her in this way!
Well, it appears that the responsible voices won this time. The story has been deleted: I couldn’t find any record of this story on the DM website one day later, though it’s been picked up by several other outlets elsewhere.