Princess Kate fans donate £15,000 to fundraising page after Meghan website hijacked

Princess Kate fans donate £15,000 to fundraising page after Meghan website hijacked

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Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 20/04/2024

- 09:43

The Duchess of Sussex launched her website American Riviera Orchard in March

  • A royal enthusiast used Meghan Markle’s website name with a UK domain to lead to a foodbank charity
  • The user left a message on the page sending her best wishes to Princess Kate and confirming the page is not affiliated with the Duchess of Sussex
  • Have your say: Will you be donating to the foodbank charity? Just click the comment button above now

Princess Kate fans have donated £15,000 to a fundraising page after Meghan Markle's website was hijacked.

The Duchess of Sussex's new American Riviera Orchard lifestyle brand was redirected by what appeared to be a fan of the Princess of Wales.

The American web link takes fans to the Duchess of Sussex's website for her business venture.

However, the UK domain name was purchased by someone who linked it to a food bank with a message saying "Thoughts with Catherine".

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton

Meghan Markle's new lifestyle website was hijacked


Princess Kate fans have donated £15,351 to the Trussell Trust as of the time of writing.

This charity works to end the need for food banks in the UK.

Fans clicking on the link "" will be taken to a page asking for donations for the UK-based charity.

The home page reads: "Forgiveness. Permission. Please donate to the Trussell Trust".

The domain led to this landing page with a link to donate to The Trussell Trust charity

However, clicking on the link will lead to a Just Giving fundraiser for the Trussell Trust charity.

The message reads in all lower-case: "This is not meghan but hopefully meghan wouldn't mind. thoughts with catherine, princess of wales and his majesty the king."

It continued: "Please note, the purchase of the domain name and this justgiving page are the full extent of this exclusively charitable mission. someone else is flogging the tea towels!"

The message of support to the Princess of Wales comes after she revealed she began a course of preventative chemotherapy in March.

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The Trussell Trust

The amount of money raised by Kate fans for the Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust confirmed it did not set up the webpage and had been unaware of the donation site.

Sophie Carre, Director of Public Engagement at the Trussell Trust, said: "The Trussell Trust are grateful to people who put their time and energy into supporting our work to end the need for food banks in the UK.

"The charity is not connected with this website domain and have no knowledge of who set it up."

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