HARRY’S NOT HAVING IT: British and American media have been having a field day reporting on Prince Harry’s new American actress girlfriend Meghan Markle — but the prince is having none of it.
On Tuesday, Kensington Palace issued a statement that said: “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.”
The statement went on to say that while the prince is aware the public is curious about his private life, he was never comfortable with that and has tried to “develop a thick skin,” and that while he hardly ever takes formal action over media reports written about him, he feels that “the line has been crossed” and his girlfriend has been a target of a “wave of abuse and harassment.”
The press has delved into Markle’s personal life, describing the racy sex scenes she’s filmed as a character — she plays a paralegal in “Suits” — and giving voice to family members who’ve called her a social climber. They’ve delved into her family’s finances, criticized postings on her social media accounts and stressed the fact that she is mixed race, which some have said won’t go down well with the royal family.
While it may be rare for Harry to issue an official cease-and-desist statement, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are old pros in the matter, issuing lengthy complaints especially when their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte are snapped by paparazzi during private moments.