As the world awaits the arrival of the latest royal baby, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, continues to take her lumps online and in the media. However, while she has her opposition — a cohort which sadly seems to include family members like her half-sister — she also has a growing band of supporters whom she has never met.
Good Morning America says that they call themselves the #SussexSquad, and that they share their thoughts online to let Meghan Markle know that someone has her back. The members of the #SussexSquad come from all corners of the globe — the U.S. and the U.K. in particular — and they take on those who post negative information about Markle.
Bryndis Roberts, who is an Atlanta lawyer and a member of the #SussexSquad, says that the inference by some that Duchess Meghan’s supporters are losers hiding behind a keyboard is false.
“We’re not people living in our parents’ basements who are tied to a computer and tweeting 24/7. We have families. We have jobs. We have other interests, but we have come together in our love and support for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.”
Roberts, who chose the name “Sussex Squad,” says that she has followed the British royals since childhood, and was a fan of Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
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Roberts adds that she was pleased to see that the prince followed his mother’s example when it comes to being involved in charitable works, and believes that he found a great match in Markle.
As part of the #SussexSquad, Roberts explains that the intention is to fight the negative with the positive. Her goal is simply to show support for the Duchess of Sussex, giving more space to the positive stories than the negative.
“Many of us, we did feel that Duchess Meghan was not being fairly portrayed in the media. Using the power of social media that we all recognized, we wanted to retweet positive things about both of them, to share information about their activities.”
The #SussexSquad can be spotted engaging with the Instagram page belonging to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, members ready to counter those who pop by to simply be nasty.
The people behind the #SussexSquad now have their own Instagram account, @SussexSquad, which is run by Vee, a real estate agent from Florida. Vee says that she realizes that stories and comments using Markle’s name mean big business, but it’s important not to let the criticism — and the racially-tinged comments — be washed away.