Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Prince Harry accuses media of "outright sexism and racism" in treatment of girlfriend Meghan Markle

harry.jpg

Prince Harry has issued a statement confirming that actress Meghan Markle is his girlfriend, condemning the media for the “wave of abuse and harassment” she has faced since speculation began over their relationship.

The statement, issued on behalf of Harry by his communications secretary, outlines the Prince’s understanding of his privileged position in life, coupled with the development of “a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it”. However, the growing number of fictional stories about his girlfriend, Markle, 35, whom he has been seeing for “a few months” has crossed a line. 

Stuff like this…

harry

...and this...

meghan

According to the statement, Ms 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.”

Here’s the statement in full:

With Markle now confirmed as Harry’s partner, we’d imagine the headline’s will shift from speculative to celebratory – but the confirmation will only spur some groups to push even harder for an ‘exclusive’ on Markle’s life or past. 

Related

rexfeatures_4378739d.jpg

Two men escaped from HMP Pentonville and left mannequins in their beds

trumphillary2.jpg

Where, when and how to watch the election in the UK

rexfeatures_5744525ah.jpg

Blur star Alex James hasn't washed his hair for 10 years

More

Stormzy calls out Met Police for bizarre Notting Hill Carnival tweet

Once again, he is spot on

by Dave Fawbert
22 Aug 2017

A story saying Big Ben will be renamed for Muslims has upset idiots

Winding up racists - never not funny

by Dave Fawbert
21 Aug 2017

13 facts about cheating all couples need to know

Number one fact: Don't do it

by Gary Ogden
21 Aug 2017

Londoners have revealed their favourite and most-hated Tube lines

Which is your favourite line?

by Dave Fawbert
21 Aug 2017

The 10 most liveable cities in the world have been named

Did your home make the cut?

by Tom Victor
21 Aug 2017

Sir Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89

The legendary presenter has died aged 89

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

The biggest stereotype about men and sex is actually a load of rubbish

We've been wrong this whole time

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

Discover the words that became cool in the year you were born

Were you born in the year of booty calls or cybersex?

by Emily Reynolds
18 Aug 2017

This German town came up with a genius way of humiliating neo-Nazis

Is this the best possible way to deal with them?

by Alex Finnis
18 Aug 2017

Donald Trump’s lawyer: possibly not racist, definitely not intelligent

Oldest trick in the book

by Tom Victor
17 Aug 2017