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Prince Harry confirms relationship with Meghan Markle, attacks media

NEWS STAFF AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Tuesday, Nov 8th, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:  Prince Harry attends a briefing by MapAction to learn more about the charity's response to the recent Nepal earthquakes, ahead of his tour to the country later this month on March 16, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Prince Harry has confirmed he is dating Suits actress Meghan Markle in a strongly-worded statement accusing the media of harassing her.

In the highly unusual statement, issued by Kensington Palace on Tuesday, he denounces the “wave of abuse and harassment” she has been subject to.

Many of these attacks have racist and sexist undertones, the Palace said.

The statement said the Prince was compelled to defend “his girlfriend” as well as her family.

Click here to read the full statement.

“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,” the statement read.

Prince Harry, 32, and Markle, 35, have only been dating for a few months, the statement said, but the prince is already worried about her safety.

“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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