The prince has called out 'racist' and 'sexist' comments about his new girlfriend...
This is also the first royal confirmation of their relationship.
The unprecedented move was made through Kensington Palace, in a lengthy note that has called out ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ undertones to some of the discussions surrounding his blossoming romance with the American actress.
The 32-year-old has, quite rightly, underlined the fact that the treatment of his girlfriend has ‘seen a line crossed’ in some cases, calling out the actions of social media trolls and the ‘abuse’ and ‘harassment’ that Meghan has experienced since news of their relationship broke.
He also refers to ‘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.’
It also touches on Meghan’s mother ‘having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door.’
According to the letter, Prince Harry ‘asked for this statement to be issued.’
It reads, ‘He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes the fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly.’
The statement explains, ‘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.’