While the world continues to be on indefinite lockdown due to COVID-19, the Royals have continued to support charities doing vital work during the pandemic as well as highlighting the incredible frontline workers who are putting themselves at risk to protect everyone else during this uncertain time. They have been sharing Zoom calls, posting photos of volunteer work and launching brilliant new initiatives via their social media pages over the last ten weeks.
Truthfully, at the beginning of this pandemic, I figured it would be easier to keep up with the royals and all of the work they have been doing. I have more time in my day since my day job (that I feel so incredibly blessed to have right now) is operating exclusively from home and I assumed I would be writing much more regularly because of it. However, I have found it very difficult to be on social media in any capacity over the last few months as I noticed a discouraging uptick in negative comments and hateful tweets appearing on my social media feeds.
As I have always, and will always strive to keep this a positive place to share my love of the royals and highlight their work, it was incredibly disheartening to see this. I am not sure if it was caused by less royal related news coming out than normal or people just having more time on their hands to share negative thoughts. It was especially disgusting to see the deplorable comments directed at the Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Archie as they celebrated their Birthdays. It prompted me to delete and reinstall my apps several times before I decided to address it head on.
I want to write about the royal family and talk with all of you on social media and I've hated that I haven't been able to do that because of an influx of negativity. I want to be able to go on social media without fear of trolls overrunning my feed and I want to be able to post much more consistently moving forward. Therefore, I have gone through and purged my social media of anything that I know won't benefit me or this blog. This includes blocking and reporting anyone who is sharing hateful comments, misinformation or are consistently negative.
I will not tolerate any accounts masquerading as Cambridge or Sussex fans that are in fact only there to spread hate about the other couple. I have seen an upsetting trend in vile comments appearing with trends such as "megxit"and "Sussex Squad". I am choosing to believe that this hate was the original intention of these trends but I have gone ahead and blocked anything or anyone associated with it. I hope you understand.
If there is anyone on my social pages that is spreading hate or hating on one royal in order to benefit another, please bring it to my attention. If I ever unknowingly engage with anyone who has shared anything vile or negative, please let me know. I will continue to reiterate again and again that I support all women of the royal family. I do understand that people have their favorites and we might not agree with everything all royal women do all the time, but I will no longer tolerate trolls on my pages or in my feed.
I have been a fan of the Royals for most of my life. Royal watching is a hobby that I love because, in the past, it has been a consistently positive source of good news. Between celebrating weddings, babies, charity work, royal tours (and, yes, occasionally some trivial drama) royal watching is supposed to be fun and uplifting and I am determined to get back to that.
Moving forward I will be posting on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays (perhaps throwing in a post on special occasions). I hope you all will join me in celebrating the Women of Windsor and reclaiming royal watching as an uplifting and fun interest for all fans of the Royal Family. xx