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Prince Harry fires back against media 'abuse' of girlfriend

Published: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 @ 7:49 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 @ 7:49 AM
By: Natalie Dreier - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Prince Harry has enough of the treatment of his girlfriend by the British media.

The Royal issued a rare statement saying that a line has been crossed when newspapers in the U.K. published front-page stories about Meghan Markle, the BBC reported.

Markle is an American actress known for her role as Rachel Zane in "Suits."

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In the statement he acknowledges that the public overall supports him but that comes with a price, that the public wants to know about his public life.

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But Prince Harry says that Markle has been abused and harassed recently.

"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," the statement reads. "Some of it has been hidden from the public - the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having ot 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 prince is said to be worried about her safety and that he is upset he cannot 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 wrote in the statement.

Harry's life has been lived in front of the camera. He was caught on film when he was 20 in a fight with a paparazzi photographer outside a nightclub. In 2012, nude photos of him in a Las Vegas hotel room were published.