Reports claim that a network of 83 dedicated troll accounts with a combined reach of 17 million Twitter users trolled Meghan Markle in 2019.

Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, were the victim of an organized hate campaign on Twitter, according to a report issued Tuesday by Twitter analytics service Bot Sentinel, bolstering the couple's assertion of widespread abuse.

Bot Sentinel found 83 accounts that it claims were behind 70 percent of the more virulently anti-Sussex tweets after reviewing 114,000 tweets about Harry and Meghan. According to the research, the accounts had more than 187,000 followers and could reach 17 million other Twitter users.

"Our research revealed these accounts were brazenly coordinating on the platform, and at least one account was openly recruiting people to join their hate initiative on Twitter," said the report.

Independent said the targeted accounts frequently included links to "private blogs, Instagram pages, and YouTube channels largely focused on Harry and Meghan" in addition to Twitter.

The firm conducted the investigation using Twitter accounts with no friends or followers. After viewing just two hate accounts, Twitter's algorithm suggested that people follow "many hate accounts."

Although Twitter had suspended 40 percent of the principal accounts, Bot Sentinel claimed the accounts were using "tactics to circumvent suspension."

Bot Sentinel said some of the posts contained coded racist language. Meghan Markle, who is biracial, had around 80 percent of the harassment.

Bot Sentinel CEO Christopher Bouzy said there was a noticeable decrease in activity directed towards Meghan and Harry. According to Bouzy, they wouldn't have seen such a significant decline in such a short period if the action had been organic.

He told BuzzFeed News that the managers of those accounts were social media savvy. Per Bouzy, they used tactics like briefly making accounts private and weaving in non-Sussex information to avoid detection.

Megjan Markle, according to Time, claimed she has suffered racial prejudice within the royal family. The couple claimed that the palace had held "conversations" regarding the shade of their son's skin tone in an explosive "tell-all" interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year.

The pair announced last year that they would withdraw from palace life and senior royal tasks, BBC said. Their official Instagram account, which has a following of ten million people, hasn't been updated since March 2020.

[Representational image] Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle speaks during the 2021 Global Citizen Live festival at the Great Lawn, Central Park on September 25, 2021 in New York City. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

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