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Prince Harry Defends Girlfriend Meghan Markle Amid Media Harassment

BY Jennifer Griffin

Published 5 years ago

In an official statement this morning, Kensington Palace officially confirmed that Suits actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are dating.

The confirmation came with strongly worded plea from the palace for the British tabloid press to stop their extraordinary “abuse and harassment” of Markle, her friends and her family.

“But the past week has seen a line crossed,” 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. 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.”

The full statement follows below.

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