Kate rumours linked to Russian disinformation

In the days before Catherine revealed her cancer diagnosis in a video message, there had been a surge in online rumours and often wild claims about her health, adding to the emotional pressure on the princess and her husband Prince William.
Now security experts analysing social media data say there were hallmark signs of a co-ordinated campaign sharing and adding to the false claims and divisive content, both in support of and criticising the Princess of Wales.
The researchers say this is consistent with the previous patterns of a Russian disinformation group.
The accounts involved were also spreading content opposing France’s backing for Ukraine, suggesting a wider international context for the royal rumours.

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