Scammers Claim That Meghan Markle Is Endorsing Weight-Loss Pills
Misleading online ads feature fake quotes attributed to Markle.
Ever since Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex, the world has been obsessing over nearly everything she does. Most recently, the new mom made headlines for guest-editing the September issue of British Vogue, which featured 15 women—including Jameela Jamil—who were honored as "forces for change."
In her guest-editor letter for the issue, Markle shared a few details about her favorite workout class, called Ritual, which combines elements of yoga, barre, and Pilates. (Related: 4 Reasons Why Meghan Markle Is Smart for Doing Yoga Before Her Wedding Day)
Unfortunately, though, scammers have since been targeting Markle in a series of fake online advertisements that claim the Duchess of Sussex has been using weight-loss supplements, according to The Sun.
The online ad campaign for "keto weight loss" supplements included fake "before" and "after" photos of Markle, alongside bizarre fabricated quotes. The ads were running on a site called First Level Fitness, among others, and were exposed by a Sunday Mirror investigation.
The ads also included claims that these weight-loss supplements are part of Markle's new "passion project" since she is "obsessed over her weight." (Insert eye-roll here.)
"Post-pregnancy my body had lost its shape," reads one fake quote. "But, with Keto Body Tone, I came back."
"All my life I've been passionate about taking care of my weight due to the pressures of Hollywood to stay young and look fit," reads another bogus quote. "For the last 10 years, I've been traveling the world and sourcing organic ingredients and weight loss remedies. The culmination is the launch of my all-female-owned weight loss line which combines the world's richest and most sought after ingredients at affordable and everyday prices." (Related: This Woman Threw Away Her Diet Pills and Lost 35 Pounds)
Thankfully, Buckingham Palace was quick to shut down these BS claims. "This is obviously not true and an illegal use of the Duchess' name for advertising purpose," a royal spokesperson told the Sunday Mirror. "We will follow our normal course of action."
ICYMI, Markle hasn't really spoken out about her personal life since becoming a part of the royal family. But interviews from her past prove that, when it comes to health and wellness, she's all about ~balance~. So it's extremely unlikely that she'd promote a fad weight-loss product, to begin with.
Regardless, it's important to remember that any supplement that claims to accelerate weight loss can be seriously detrimental to your health. Being healthy, at the end of the day, is more about feeling great than looking great—something diet pills will never offer.