Online adverts are using Meghan Markle's name, face and fake quotes to sell weight loss pills to gullible readers, Palace plans clampdown
The scam uses photos and "statements of endorsement" by the duchess for a line of weight-loss products and diet pills
The Buckingham Palace is all set to act on those found using the "name, face and fake quotes" of Meghan Markle to sell diet pills. The online advertisements used pictures of the Duchess of Sussex in an attempt to sell 'keto Weight Loss' pills to naive users. They were promoting their pills with made-up quotes in which the Duchess supposedly praises the product and talks about a non-existent 'all-female-owned weight loss line' as reported by the Daily Mail.
The Royal insiders "condemned" what they called 'illegal use of the Duchess's name." One of the quotes, as reported by Daily Mail, read: "I am no different from any other woman in the world. Post-pregnancy my body had lost its shape. But, with Keto body tone I came back. No woman deserves to be out of shape."
There were other fake quotes that made the rounds on social media, some of them even "quoting" the duchess ruing how the palace was forcing her to stop pursuing her weight-loss regime. In one of the "quotes", the duchess described the use of the pills as a "passion project."
The quotes were said to be "given" to a non-existent publication with the name Entertainment Today. Another fake ad spoke of how the duchess travelled the world for 10 years to "source organic ingredients and weight loss remedies."
The Buckingham Palace will follow "normal procedure" to take the scammers down. the duchess had not talked of her weight since her engagement to Prince Harry.
The palace is faced with a "fake online situation" targetting the duchess a second time this year. Guidelines issued by the Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace in March say "obscene, offensive or threatening" comments removed to create a "safe environment" for genuine fans.
Royal aides warned that any sort of abusive comments - such as those targeting Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle - could be reported to the police.