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'Shocking Meghan Markle Announcement': Online Ad Makes Evidence-Free Claim About Royal Couple

The online ad said that Prince Harry had been "humiliated" over Meghan's purportedly "shocking" announcement. Here's why these made-up claims exist.

Published Dec 28, 2023

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are seen during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 at Merkur Spiel-Arena on Sept. 16, 2023 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Joshua Sammer/Getty Images) (Joshua Sammer/Getty Images)
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Claim:
An online ad displayed in December 2023 accurately reported that Prince Harry was "humiliated" after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, made a "shocking" announcement.

In late December 2023, an advertisement was displayed online on an unknown number of websites that claimed, "Prince Harry Humiliated by Shocking Meghan Markle Announcement."

The ad showed an image with a photo of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, looking confident and another photo of Harry looking upset, as if they were both reacting to this supposed "announcement."

A misleading online ad claimed that Prince Harry had been humiliated by Meghan Markle's shocking announcement.

The link in the ad led to an article on buzzday.info. On the website, the story was surrounded by hundreds of ads. Some of the ads were videos that all automatically began playing at the same time. The headline of the article read, "Prince Harry was greatly humiliated by Meghan Markle’s statement."

However, the article revealed no evidence that would confirm the Duchess had made a "shocking" announcement or statement that had "humiliated" Prince Harry. While it's certainly possible that he may have been "humiliated" by something that he heard about or witnessed in the years since he met her, the truth was that the rumor in the ad had simply been made up for something known as advertising arbitrage.

Advertising arbitrage is a strategy in which an advertiser hopes to make more money on ads displayed in a lengthy article than it would cost to display an initial clickbait ad meant to attract users to the article. In other words, instead of the ads being both attractive and potentially helpful to consumers, they instead mislead users from the start.

A page on buzzday.info says that the company associated with the website is at least partially managed from an office in Tbilisi, Georgia. We reached out to the website by email to ask about the misleading ad and article and will update this story if we receive a response.

The royal couple have long been the subjects of misleading online ads. In the past, we reported about false ads that made claims about the Duchess' net worth, relationship troubles, her car and Queen Elizabeth II.

Note: If readers would like to report any strange or misleading ads on Snopes, we invite you to contact us. Please include the full link of the website where the questionable ad led to so that we can attempt to investigate and potentially block any such ads.

Sources

“Contacts.” Buzzday.info, https://buzzday.info/contacts/.

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Jordan Liles is a Senior Reporter who has been with Snopes since 2016.