Duchess of York sends strong message to the 'sewer' social media trolls

The Duchess of York, speaking out about social media, as Kensington Palace reportedly continues to see a flurry of negative comments about Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.

"The truth is, a lot about these sites terrifies me, I know that a lot say nice things, but there's a large minority who seem to think that all the normal rules of society don't apply to the internet," Sarah Ferguson writes in Hello Magazine, "Take a look at any website, and you'll see extraordinarily abusive comments aimed not only at people in the public eye but also other internet users. Bullying, sniping, bitching, even the most appalling sexism, racism and homophobia are commonplace – it seems that online, anything goes."

She also says social media has become a "sewer."

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sarah, Duchess of York arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Sarah, Duchess of York (L) and Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (R) arrive to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)
Sarah, Duchess of York arrive to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)
Sarah, Duchess of York (L) and Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (R) arrive to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Princess Beatrice and her mother Sarah, Duchess of York arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Princess Beatrice and her mother Sarah, Duchess of York arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sarah Ferguson greets member of the public as she arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sarah Ferguson, Princess Beatrice of York and Peter Phillips take their seats ahead of the wedding of York down the aisle at the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sarah, Duchess of York (L) and Princess Beatrice arrive ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sarah Ferguson arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sarah Ferguson arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Princess Beatrice of York and her mother Sarah Ferguson (R) arrive in their car to the Royal wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Sarah, Duchess of York, mother of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York, arrives to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Sarah, Duchess of York, mother of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York, arrives to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sarah, Duchess of York, mother of Princess Eugenie of York, arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sarah, Duchess of York, mother of Princess Eugenie of York, arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Ferguson also says the criticism of Markle and Middleton reminds her of how she and Princess Diana were portrayed as rivals, something she says neither of them felt.

"Women, in particular, are constantly pitted against and compared with each other in a way that reminds me of how people tried to portray Diana and me all the time as rivals, which is something neither of us ever really felt," she explained.

According to the Daily Mail, some of the threats against Markle and Middleton have been violent.

Neither of the two women are on social media, so people are flocking to Kensington Palace's social media accounts, which have around 7 million Instagram followers.

Read Sarah Ferguson's full letter here.

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