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Annie Lennox bombarded with abuse over royal family comments

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Jul 25, 2013 | 10:11am EDT

Scottish singer Annie Lennox's Facebook.com page was bombarded with online abuse after she published a blog urging the public to give Prince William and his wife some "space" and "privacy" following the birth of their son. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge became a first-time mother on Monday (22Jul13) when she welcomed the couple's son, Prince George of Cambridge, sparking a global media frenzy. Lennox commented on the royal birth in a post on Facebook on Wednesday (24Jul13), insisting the royals should be left alone to deal with family life, writing, "Royal baby fever is abundant in the U.K... I just hope this young family are allowed a little space to get at least some semblance of privacy and normality. The culture of celebrity seems to be even more rapacious than it ever was before." However, the Eurythmics star has now revealed her comments were met with a vitriolic response from some internet users. In a message posted on Thursday (25Jul13), she adds, "Yesterday's blog had quite a few divisive responses... We had to get the 'troll' net out of the cupboard... which actually doesn't happen that often... fortunately!... I respect everyone's right to their own view point, but I have zero tolerance for offensiveness. "A small percentage of people will just 'dump'... I get that... But defacements (sic) will be blocked and banned. Simple... "The monarchy is one of those subjects that people feel (very strongly) about."

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