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Statement from Harry asks press to stop harassing girlfriend Meghan Markle

by Victoria Howard

In an unprecedented move, Prince Harry has released a statement asking the press to stop harassing actress Meghan Markle – also confirming the two are dating.

Image licensed to i-Images Picture Agency. 07/07/2016. London, United Kingdom. Prince Harry takes part in a round table discussion with HIV doctors at King's College Hospital in London. Picture by ROTA / i-Images UK OUT

Prince Harry has released a statement to protect girlfriend Meghan Markle. Picture by ROTA / i-Images

Never before has Harry taken this step to protect a girlfriend from media harassment, but it is evident he believes ‘this week a line has been crossed’.

Speculation about the couple has been circulating for a week or two, saying that Meghan – who stars in US legal drama Suits – has already met Prince Charles, that the pair are happy and have been dating since the summer.

“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,” the statement says.

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It then goes on to describe some of the behaviour of the press, which will be surprising to many: “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.”

It has been confirmed Meghan Markle - actress in Suits - is dating Prince Harry (Genevieve)

It has been confirmed Meghan Markle – actress in Suits – is dating Prince Harry (Genevieve)

The statement said the Prince was worried about Meghan’s safety and that he “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 Middleton family launched legal proceedings when the then Kate Middleton was hounded by photographers when she was dating Prince William, and the Royal lawyers, too, made moves to prevent harassment.

The statement ended with Prince Harry appealing for “those in the press who have been driving this story [to] pause and reflect before any further damage is done”.

Cressida Bonas, Harry’s last girlfriend, was also subject to many news stories and gossip magazines, but it seems the American factor has played a part here.

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3 comments

Jan Jerrell Tue 08 November, 2016 - 4:09 pm

I like to read about the royals, but these people are hounded too much. William and Harry lost their mother because the press couldn’t leave her alone. Give the guy some space and leave his friend along. He’s actually been forthcoming and I’m sure he will tell us all when he’s ready. All the best.

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Sheena McKinnie Tue 08 November, 2016 - 7:17 pm

I wholeheartedly agree! Harry works very hard on behalf of disabled veterans, and is very ‘upfront’ when appearing in public. He and his girl-friend have a right to lead their own lives, and not be continually harassed by the gutter press. Leave them alone!

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Lynn Borucki Tue 08 November, 2016 - 8:17 pm

Leave Harry alone !!!!! …. He is a lovely, genuine man,and should be left alone to get on with his private life….. With the new girl in his life…..Good luck ? to them both.

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