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U.K. royals to block trolls on their social media sites

Britain's royal family is warning that it will block trolls posting offensive messages on its social media channels — and may report offenders to the police.

Much of social media abuse has centred around rival fans of two duchesses

Britain's Royal Family warned Monday it will block trolls posting offensive messages on its social media channels. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have been particular targets of online comments lately. (Frank Augstein/Associated Press)

Britain's royal family is warning that it will block trolls posting offensive messages on its social media channels — and may report offenders to the police. 

Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace issued new guidelines on Monday, spelling out the policy banning offensive, hateful and racist language.

The guidelines come amid concern about the online abuse aimed at the wives of Prince William and Prince Harry. Much of the social media abuse has centred around rival fans of the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex.

The royals say guidelines were introduced to try to maintain a safe environment on their social media channels and calls for users to show "courtesy, kindness and respect."

The guidelines warn comments that breach the guidelines could be sent to law enforcement for investigation "as we feel necessary or is required by law."

The Royal Family account on Twitter has some 3.87 million followers, and the Kensington Royal account, the official account of the two dukes and duchesses and their foundation, has another 1.69 million.

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