A typo on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s Instagram account ignited a bit of a firestorm among their followers and had royal fans defending the duchess against trolls who opined that she purposely made the error. However, there is some evidence that has gotten overlooked which could prove that Markle did not write the post.
The post causing an uproar
In case you haven’t heard by now on Oct. 14, the Sussex’s official Instagram account featured a quote from the late Maya Angelou.
The message, which was meant to be uplifting, led to a number of followers calling out the pair because of an error in the quote. It read: “Each time a women stands up for herself without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”
The typo is towards the beginning of the quote with the word “women” as it is in the plural form but should have been in the singular form “woman.” Social media users who picked up on the mistake were quick to comment on it.
People point out mistakes all the time on Instagram so that was expected. What wasn’t expected though was Markle getting hate because some thought she posted the quote and purposely made that error.
“She probably wrote the ‘typo’ on purpose to draw more attention to herself,” one troll wrote.
“Did you make the mistake deliberately to catch attention?” another troll added.
While the duchess’ fans considered the comments attacking her to be nothing more than “haters” who can’t admit that they too make mistakes on social media, it does beg the question about if Markle and Harry write any posts themselves.
Does Markle run the Instagram account herself?
Since the couple launched their account in April 2019, fans have been wondering about who is writing their posts. Many assume they have a royal social media account manager who posts when they need to, but there are a few clues that have led some to believe that Markle runs the account herself.
The reason for that is because, as People noted, a number of their posts are written with U.S. spellings of certain words rather than the U.K. spellings. Moreover, a specific post prior to the birth of baby Archie mentioned donations and used a dollar sign ($) ahead of the pounds symbol (£).
But there appears to be a subtle way Markle and Harry let fans know when they write a post themselves.
Any post that has their initials added at the end is typically a sign that it was created by them. For example, a birthday post to their niece, Princess Charlotte, in May had “Lots of love, H and M xo” with it. And, a birthday wish to Markle in August said “Love, H” after the message.
Distinguishing who posts what by using initials was something previously done by Barack Obama when he was president. His Twitter bio made that clear stating “Tweets from the President are signed -bo.” If this is a policy adopted by the royal couple as well then it’s worth noting that Markle initials aren’t anywhere on the incorrect posting meaning she wouldn’t be the one who made the error.