Prince Harry rarely comments on his personal life, but the Kensington Palace tenant now feels compelled to defend his lady’s honor.
England’s most-eligible bachelor (only sort of, now) confirmed his worst-kept-secret relationship with “Suits” star Meghan Markle on Tuesday via a lengthy statement that slams the media and online trolls for “sexism and racism” being hurled at her in columns, articles and the comment sections that accompany them. Markle’s father is of Dutch and Irish descent. Her mother is African-American.
“The past week has seen a line crossed,” part of the statement reads. “His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment.”
“Some of this has been very public — the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments,” it continues. “Some of it has been hidden from the public — the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.”
“Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her,” Kensington Palace added. “He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game.’ He strongly disagrees. This is not a game — it is her life and his.
The Crown is calling for more decency, decorum and privacy. Read the full statement below.
Kensington Palace has issued a statement this morning about the harassment currently being experienced by Meghan Markle and her family. pic.twitter.com/EuFZ4fmUIj
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 8, 2016