Kensington Palace issued a statement about the harassment currently being experienced by Meghan Markle and her family.

Kensington Palace issued a statement about the harassment currently being experienced by Meghan Markle and her family.

08/11/2016 0 Di puntoacapo
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Prince Harry

Prince Har­ry

Kensington Palace has issued a statement this morning about the harassment currently being experienced by Meghan Markle and her family.

A Statement by the Communications Secretary to Prince Harry

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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