Meghan Markle has become the latest victim of fierce online conspiracy theorists who extraordinarily accuse the mother-to-be of faking her pregnancy by wearing a prosthetic bump.
Sick trolling directed at the Duchess of Sussex who is just weeks away from her likely due date is festering on social media channels where it is being viewed by tens of thousands.
At the extremes, one particular YouTube profile which boasts over 30,000 subscribers churns out almost daily videos attacking her and other Royals.
One video watched over 200,000 times claims to provide ‘absolute proof’ that Meghan is duping the public about her impending baby.
And while channel’s so-called ‘prosthetic belly’ theory may seem like a bizarre conspiracy, it is being lapped up by followers, with one even posting: ‘It is really disgusting how she is insulting everyone’s intelligence.’
These YouTube allegations have spilled over on to other online platforms where they are repeated by usually anonymous profiles.
One such troll tweeted: ‘Wow, this is so fake! If she were really pregnant, she wouldn’t be so insecure about showing the bump. This is such a fraud.’
They fan their wild theories across the internet using hashtags such as #moonbump, referring to the widely-contested 1969 moon landings.
But other online users have leaped to the Duchess’s defence and hit back at the trolls.
One said: ‘I’m so tired of all the hate displayed regarding Meghan Markle. How the hell do you fake a pregnancy?… to all the haters, for goodness sake, get a life!’
On a recent trip to King’s College London to mark International Women’s Day, Meghan revealed that she does not look at social media.
Although five days ago, she and Prince Harry set up a new official Instagram account which has already racked up five pictures.
Kensington Palace have not announced Meghan’s exact due date but she is expected to give birth later this month or in early May.
And she is reportedly poised to snub the famous Lindo Wing where Kate Middleton gave birth in favour of a private clinic to her Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Jack Elsom