Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have come under attack for posting a supportive statement amid the coronavirus pandemic on Instagram.
Sharing the message about "these uncertain times", the couple wrote that "we are all in this together" but it hasn't been received by everyone in the way they would've hoped.
Followers of the Sussex Royal account were quick to hit their keyboards. One wrote: "You abandoned your country! Empty words. Go walk your dog. Leave us alone."
Wait, you stepped back. Why should anyone care? Go away.
Another said: "Just stop! No one cares what you think. You have no qualifications to make the statements you do."
And the comments kept on coming. One wrote: "You should leave the reliable and timely information to those who are knowledgeable in the field. There is no time for your pontification."
A fourth person said: "Wait, you stepped back. Why should anyone care? Go away."
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These are uncertain times. And now, more than ever, we need each other. We need each other for truth, for support, and to feel less alone during a time that can honestly feel quite scary. There are so many around the world who need support right now, who are working tirelessly to respond to this crisis behind the scenes, on the frontline, or at home. Our willingness, as a people, to step up in the face of what we are all experiencing with COVID-19 is awe-inspiring. This moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit. We often speak of compassion. All of our lives are in some way affected by this, uniting each of us globally. How we approach each other and our communities with empathy and kindness is indisputably important right now. Over the coming weeks, this will be our guiding principle. We will be sharing information and resources to help all of us navigate the uncertainty: from posting accurate information and facts from trusted experts, to learning about measures we can take to keep ourselves and our families healthy, to working with organisations that can support our mental and emotional well-being. In addition, we will focus on the inspiring stories of how so many of you around the world are connecting in ways big and small to lift all of us up. We are all in this together, and as a global community we can support each other through this process – and build a digital neighbourhood that feels safe for every one of us. We look forward to sharing more over the days and weeks to come...
Prince Harry, who is the ongoing patron for the Invictus Games, also did a video announcing that they had made the difficult decision to postpone them.
The @WeAreInvictus patron, the #DukeofSussex, has released a video message to the #InvictusGames competitors recognising their disappointment at the news, but that it's the best outcome for their safety and recovery. #CoronavirusUpdate #IG2020 #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/SLbT7QOl7D
— Invictus Games The Hague 2020 (@InvictusGamesNL) March 19, 2020
Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, announced they were stepping down as senior royals at the beginning of the year.
Leaving their 10-month-old son in Canada, the pair came back to the UK to finish the last of their royal duties before flying back after the last official engagement on the March 31 to be reunited with him.
They are currently living in a £10 million mansion on Vancouver Island but they reportedly want to split their time between Canada and Meghan's hometown in LA.
A source told The People: "This is what Meghan and Harry have always wanted - to create their own life.
"It's got to feel like an immense relief to get out of the UK and to go down their own path."
Another source recently told the publication: "They love being in Canada, but they are looking at houses in LA too. They'll likely have houses in both places."
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