Prince Harry Defends Meghan Markle Against 'Racist' and 'Sexist' Backlash

Prince Harry has gone full 'Knight in Shining Armour' to defend his new girlfriend from media scrutiny. 

In a highly noble gesture, Prince Harry has publicly defended Meghan Markle against personal attacks spawning from news of their relationship. 

The young prince released an unprecedented statement via Kensington Palace basically telling internet trolls and media to back the f- off, particularly with the 'racist' and 'sexist' commentary.

"Since he was young, Prince Harry has been very aware of the warmth that has been extended to him by members of the public," the statement began.

"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."

Meghan, who has mixed-race parents, identifies herself as half-caucasian and half-African American. The 35-year-old actress is proudly vocal about her heritage. "I have come to embrace [my race] to say who I am, to share where I'm from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman," she told ELLE last year.

 

The royal statement concluded by saying Prince Harry is "worried" about Meghan's safety and has kindly requested the media be fairer to his new love.

The statement is a bold move from the royal family, who some suspected would not approve of the budding romance between the prince and the actress.

However, we are firmly in 2016 and even the British royal family is getting with the times! Enjoy the bliss of new love, Meghan and Harry! 

Read the full statement below: 

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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