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Did the Queen Tell Meghan Markle To 'Stop'?

Online advertisements displayed photographs of Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II with big circles that purportedly pointed to something shocking.

Published Dec 17, 2020

CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14:  Queen Elizabeth II sitts and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) (Jeff J. Mitchell / Staff)
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Queen Elizabeth II told Meghan Markle to "STOP."

In December 2020, the website Trendcatchers apparently paid to display online advertising that promised a purported bombshell in British royal family news: "Royal Latest: When The Queen Told Meghan Markle To STOP." At least two of the advertisements included photographs with circles to misleadingly draw in readers.

One of the advertisements circled Markle's hand in red:

Royal Latest When The Queen Told Meghan Markle To STOP

Another circled something about Markle's legs in yellow:

Royal Latest When The Queen Told Meghan Markle To STOP

The advertisements for the story had likely been running well before December 2020. Both led to a lengthy slideshow article that lasted longer than 60 pages. The Aug. 7, 2019, slideshow story was titled: "Will The British Public Ever Accept Meghan Markle As Royal? Most People Don’t Think So."

Even before Meghan Markle officially became a royal, the press has always been unimpressed by the actress turned duchess. From infamous exes to tight smiles, Markle always seemed a bit too haughty.

This led to the constant media scrutiny and general dislike from the British public, which has led many to believe that Meghan Markle might never be able to truly fit into the royal family and here is the proof.

However, the long article mentioned nothing about the queen telling Meghan Markle to "stop." The 60+ pages resembled little other than tabloid rumors about the royal family. The word "stop" only showed up once, and it had nothing to do with the queen or Meghan Markle.

We previously reported on other viral rumors about the royal family. We spotted a baseless online advertisement that claimed the royal family was "cringing" at Meghan Markle's net worth. The resulting slideshow story mentioned nothing of the sort. Another advertisement said that "Prince Harry has changed his mind about Meghan Markle," which was not true. We saw an outdated bit of news about "an unexpected baby bombshell" that was still circulating as new about the former Kate Middleton. There's also a fake picture that purportedly showed Harry and Meghan posing in front of a big RV camper.

Snopes debunks a wide range of content, and online advertisements are no exception. Misleading ads often lead to obscure websites that host lengthy slideshow articles with lots of pages. It's called advertising "arbitrage." The advertiser's goal is to make more money on ads displayed on the slideshow's pages than it cost to show the initial ad that lured them to it. Feel free to submit ads to us, and be sure to include a screenshot of the ad and the link to where the ad leads.

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