Prince Harry has released a harsh statement condemning the media for “harassing” his girlfriend, actress Meghan Markle, the BBC reports. The statement was issued by Kensington Palace and confirms that the couple is in fact dating. Over the past few days, spurred by rumors of the royal romance, a number of publications have run front-page stories about Markle, who is best known for her role on the television series Suits.
The statement claims that Markle has been subject to a “wave of abuse and harassment.” It reads:
“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.”
According to CNN, the royal family rarely issues such statements, despite its uneasy relationship with the press. In 2015, however, Kensington Palace released a similar caution against paparazzi who take unauthorized photos of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the children of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
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