Prince Harry Condemns ‘Abuse’ of His Girlfriend

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Having a real-life prince fight for a woman’s virtue is usually the stuff of fairy tales, but it is the current reality for actress Meghan Markle is facing. Britain’s Prince Harry warned the media Tuesday about harassing Markle, his girlfriend.

The “racial undertones” from the press and Internet users about his relationship with the interracial beauty have triggered a formal a statement from Kensington Palace on behalf of Prince Harry.  Interest in his relationship with Markle, who plays secretary Rachel Zane on the USA Network’s “Suits,” has apparently crossed the line into intrusive endangerment of Markle and her family.  Safety concerns, which Harry called a “wave of abuse,” triggered a departure from palace convention by addressing a personal issue publicly.

statement issued by Kensington PalaceIn the following statement released by his communications secretary on Tuesday morning via Twitter, Harry said he is concerned about Markle’s safety and feels he can not protect her. He has spoken out, hoping the media can reflect on the damage that could be done. Over the last week since news broke of their involvement, media outlets have dug into Markle’s past and contacted others in her life. A British paper’s headline referred to Markle as being “straight outta Compton,” implying she is somehow not good enough for him. While the 35-year-old is a Los Angeles native, she does not call Compton home.

This message confirms two things about 32-year-old Prince of Wales. One, he and Markle are definitely an item, and two, if he wants something, he will use whatever is within his power to fight for it.

The AP reports that the couple met back in May 2016 while the prince was attending the Invictus games. “They have only been dating for a couple of months,” according to Markle’s close friend.

Markle was previously married to film producer Trevor Engelson from 2011-2013. Prince Harry has had major public relationships with Zimbabwean lawyer Chelsy Davy and budding actress Cressida Bonas.




Since he was young, Prince Harry has been very aware of the warmth that has been extended to him by members of the public. He feels lucky to have so many people supporting him and knows what a fortunate and privileged life he leads.

He is also aware that there is significant curiosity about his private life. He has never been comfortable with this, but he has tried to develop a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it. He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about.

But the past week has seen a line crossed. 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. 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. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. 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.

He has asked for this statement to be issued in the hopes that those in the press who have been driving this story can pause and reflect before any further damage is done. He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly.

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