Prince Harry blasts the media for their treatment of his girlfriend Meghan Markle

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Prince Harry has just made an extraordinary move to protect his girlfriend of some-odd four months. Harry’s press office (Poor Jason?) issued an open letter to inform the British press that they need to chill the f—k out with their harassment and negativity surrounding the reporting on Meghan Markle. It was literally just nine days ago when the world learned that Harry was dating Meghan, a 35-year-old American actress, and the American, Canadian and British press has been in a tizzy ever since. From what I’ve seen, the British media outlets are the ones making a big deal over Meghan’s on-screen semi-nude scenes. They’re the ones obsessed with mentioning her race (she’s mixed race). They’re the ones offended by the very idea that Prince Harry could have fallen in love with… with… a YANK! And so now Harry is pushing back. You can read his press office’s full statement here at the Guardian.

Prince Harry has attacked the “racial undertones” of press coverage of his girlfriend Meghan Markle in an extraordinary statement in which he warns that he fears for her safety. The prince said “a line has been crossed” in reporting of his relationship with the 35-year-old American actor, who lives in Toronto.

“Some of this has been very public,” his spokesman said in a statement. “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 confirms for the first time that the pair are in a relationship but launches a powerful and unprecedented attack at the media by the prince.

“Prince Harry is worried about Ms Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her,” it said. “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.”

News UK, publisher of the Sun and Sun on Sunday, declined to comment. Senior staff indicated they were trawling through the domestic and international coverage to understand the detail of Prince Harry’s concerns over trolling and harassment of her family. The prince’s statement also attacked what it called “substantial bribes offered by papers” to Markle’s former boyfriend. Kensington Palace listed a string of complaints it had with the conduct of newspapers, citing:

“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 said: “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.”

A source at one tabloid newspaper said it had not been engaged in nightly battles with palace lawyers, as Prince Harry’s statement suggests.

[From The Guardian]

While Harry has a point about some/much of the coverage crossing a line, I do have to wonder if this letter is really going to change things? One of the biggest problems I have with every member of the royal family is that they think they can dictate terms to the press, and they think they can successfully manipulate the press to their will. A free press means press outlets get to write whatever they want, and if they’re causing harm to private citizens, those private citizens get to sue or push back legally or contact the authorities. Maybe that’s what this letter was – the opening salvo, the notification to the press that Harry and Meghan and her family will be doing more than just issuing letters.

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  1. QQ says:

    Im fascinated by this sh!t for a couple reasons:

    He sounds ALL IN and ready! how did this happen undercover! So fast!

    Also How is this seating with all the aristos that hoped to marry all their blonde do nothing girls to him? How will they welcome AN ACTRESS! A BROWN ONE AT THAT into their ranks??

  2. boredblond says:

    Two obvious questions- whose body did the sun paste her head on…and what is a footie poppies? Hehe

    • Amelia says:

      In the U.K in late October/early November we start to wear poppies to remember the fallen from conflicts in WW1 and onwards.
      This culminates in a big Remembrance Sunday service on the first Sunday after the 11th of November, with processions of past and present members of our armed forces and widows & widowers. A two minute silence is held at 11am on the 11th and on Remembrance Sunday.

      So if you see British and Commonwealth athletes (like Andy Murray) wearing iron-on poppies or armbands on their kit, that’s why.

      The FA (football association) however, has banned football players from wearing poppies on their kit during matches because they’re meant to be apolitical, but they’ve let players wear them in previous years, so they’re quite inconsistent on the matter.

      • aang says:

        How on earth is a poppy political? They remind me of the poem we had to memorize in primary school, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow. Between the crosses, row on row….” A nice way to remember the fallen, not political at all.

      • Sixer says:

        aang – it’s been politicised here in the sense that there’s social shaming for public figures not wearing a poppy. It’s not that different to the Kaepernick sitting out the anthem thing in the US. But that doesn’t apply to the FIFA intransigence. They are being ridiculous.

      • dodgy says:

        It’s not the FA (football association) that’s against poppies, it’s FIFA (the international football governing body) that’s against it, to the point where they don’t want the English or the Scottish players to wear them on the match on Friday.

      • hogtowngooner says:

        It’s referred to as poppy-bullying, in which public figures are raked over the coals for not wearing a poppy during this time of year. In the Premier League, a player from Derry, Northern Ireland has refused to have a poppy sewn into his shirt every year. He has made his case (that the British Army were considered an occupying force in his city, and were responsible for the murder of 14 innocent people during the Troubles) and that wearing a poppy violates his conscience. But like the American flag pin on POTUS’ lapel, it’s considered a patriotism test.

        The British Legion actually has come out and said that forcing/shaming people into wearing a poppy is actually the opposite of the freedoms soldiers fought for. But the DM and their knuckle-dragging readers throw a hissy fit about it every year anyway.

    • Turningvioletviolet says:

      Fifa banned the national football teams from wearing poppies during international matches because they are allegedly political. National teams sticking two fingers up at FIFA and wearing poppies anyway.

      • Spaniard89 says:

        Fifa are a bunch of idiots. They also sanction Barça fans for showing a flag that is completly legal in Spain just cause it happens to be the one asking for the independence of their region. But then you have certain groups with swastikas and other disgusting symbols and nothing is done.

        I don’t see how wearing a little poppie on the t-shirt that honours the fallen is a political statement

    • CarrieUK says:

      Re: Footie Poppies

      I think this is the giant woohaa over football players in the U.K. being banned from wearing rememberance poppies this coming weekend but they’re ignoring it and wearing them anyway 👍

      As for Harry…..good for you

    • Becky says:

      Boredblond, footie poppies refers to football players wearing Rememberance poppies/armbands which is against FIFA rules. It was in the tabloids this week.

  3. Nev says:

    That’s how you do it Harry. Big up.

  4. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    Well, good luck to them and I hope it works out. I think the palace releasing a statement is not so much as confirming things (its still early) but in retaliation to the nasty trolling thats happening not just by the press but by Joe Public (and it has been nasty particularly those references to her ethnicity). I don’t know much about her but she seems to be a good match for him as they seem to have a lot in common; a work ethic and passion for humanitarian causes.

    Now that its been confirmed, am sure we’ll see more of Waity supporting her ’causes’ wearing badly tailored clothes and flashing us at every opportunity. The Duchess of Flashing is not going to like being upstaged by Meghan.

  5. BritAfrica says:

    Well..I hope several posters who have been on here in the last few days eat their crow and enjoy it!

    Thank you for being right again LAK and Well Done Harry!

  6. ell says:

    ah, the racist comments. but of course. people can be truly disgusting, i’m happy he’s addressing it.

  7. PHAKSI says:

    Richard Palmer pointed out that the statement is making the press talk about her again when they were starting to move on, so it may be counter productive. Harry means well, so I hope it works out for them.

    • BritAfrica says:

      They were not starting to move on and neither were you. Epic fail on trying to ‘shift’ the agenda here!

      • PHAKSI says:

        Your obnoxious bitchy comment has made me realise you are so right. I’m a failure in life! I don’t deserve to live! (add girl bye emoji)
        The elections were gonna take all the headlines for the next week or two, and brexit stuff in the UK. Before today there was nothing new about new about Meghan, just speculation and repetition

      • BritAfrica says:

        Go back and re-read some of your comments before you pretend you don’t know where I’m coming from!

      • PHAKSI says:

        @britafrica, I previously said I was tired of all thr stories that had no meat. Cos of that I avoided the Meghan stories til the statement today. I said she was doing some trolling, the banana thing on insta waa obvious trolling. I also said I have a massive crush on him. Im not a tween girl, so despite that I wish him happiness with Meghan. So would you kindly enlighten me in what the fu*k your talking about

      • BritAfrica says:

        @PHAKSI

        Please don’t swear at me – you will find me very difficult to bully! Like I said, go back and re-read some of your comments on other threads and enlighten yourself.

        I hope the proof you were insisting on can be found in the ‘receipts’ (ugh) Prince Harry dropped.

      • PHAKSI says:

        Britafrica theres only one bully in this conversation and its not me. What exactly do you want from me, to give meghan a pound of flesh cos I dared call her a c lister? I wanted proof that it wasnt just a tabloid rumour cos it seemed like the most random coupling to me. Im more than happy with the receipts, now stop grinding my tits about it!

    • Amber says:

      Ding, ding, ding. And the press was still just spinning it’s wheels reporting a story (regurgitating some parts, contradicting many more), that they only had “sources” and no real evidence for outside of what they got from Meghan’s social media, (bracelets, tweets about visiting Buckingham Palace, and they both like dogs). Now that he’s confirmed it they’re really going to start digging in. That also includes many people who were ignoring this and wanted Meghan to be left alone until something became official… Well :D

    • mbh12 says:

      Richard Palmer, some of the other UK royal media and the Daily Mail are quietly seething underneath imo,” that they don’t CONTROLL the story and the Image of Meghan.”The UK press has an agenda with Harry’s girlfriends, they want to always make sure she is seen as less than Kate but they can’t do that with Meghan, because the US Press and US media will be on Meghan’s side in a positive way. Look at Variety ,the Hollywood press bible, they are jumping to her defense.

      The UK Media has an agenda and they can’t do it the way they usually do with this lady. The UK Media will have a hard time Chelsy-ing her. They called Chelsy a party girl for years and Kate a intelligent University student , all the while Chelsy was in University and actually the one completing her Law Degree.

      The UK media are twisting in the wind, that they can’t work a NEGATIVE agenda with this girlfriend?(Chelsy her) IMO , because she will have an American press corp. with her..

      I’m still convinced that it was partially the UK press pushing of Kate, that got Kate (who was basically a party girl for 8yrs, with no job or career) where she is and William take her back when he dumped her. The UK press wants to control the story and the girls image, these Princes date, regardless of the real facts about them and they can’t with Meghan.

      • BritAfrica says:

        Indeed.

        I hope the US press stand up for their US girl and make it clear that racial undertones in reporting (in 2016 no less!) is ridiculous and unacceptable as they did with Trump.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        Kate was always going to get better treatment because of Willy being the heirs heir plus there was always the ghost of Diana’s hovering overhead. She also got better treatment because of the faustian pact the Middletons made with the press – they leaked stories and tipped the paps off to whenever Kate was with William (holidays, weddings, parties, clubs etc…).

        And yes you are correct when you say that the UK press played their part in getting these 2 together – again part of the Middleton PR strategy. Tip the press off to make him jealous. Its also been strongly suggested that they also leak stories about Harry’s ex’s in order to paint a better picture of Kate.

        As for Meghan – as an actress with her own publicist she will know how to play the PR game and as an American she won’t care about our class system and trying to fit in and be like the aristo’s; something that matters very much to the Middletons.

      • Lorelai says:

        @MBH12, well said, I completely agree with everything you wrote.

        I also think that Meghan is, simply, a decent person and they’ve already “dug up” everything there is – which is nothing scandalous; a divorce and some racy scenes on a tv show she’s on. It doesn’t seem as though there is anything negative to say about her, so they’re sort of left reeling.

        Maybe Harry should have said something sooner; I don’t know. But this statement shows he is really a stand-up guy. It came across as so heartfelt and I hope some of this nonsense stops as a result. The fact that reporters were trying to chase their way into her home is terrifying and criminal.

        ETA: Looking back with the benefit of hindsight, it is AMAZING that they got away with portraying Chelsy as the party girl and Kate as the more serious, educated woman for all of those years, while Chelsy was getting her law degree. Even as there was photo evidence of Kate stumbling out of clubs with her sister every damn night half the time! It is almost impressive in its absurdity and the fact that it largely succeeded.

    • Scal says:

      The full statement includes that some press members had tried to break into her house. So that might have been the catalyst for releasing a statement. I think they would have been fine with most of the commentary (the racist stuff not so much), but breaking into someone’s house is insane.

  8. MI6 says:

    A Very Big Deal, indeed. Bravo. I love this guy. He’s so real.
    There is a difference between freedom of the press and outright harassment.
    And I say this as a former journalist.
    This has got to be a trigger for him as he saw overzealous press essentially murder his own mother.
    #TeamHarry

    • LAK says:

      Press did not murder his mother.

      Bad decisions that escalated the pap harrassment, a drunk driver and no seat belts did.

    • PHAKSI says:

      Tabloid press are guilty of a lot of vile things, there is no need to pin things on them they didn’t do. Diana and Dodi were killed by a drunk driver who was speeding

      • Lady D says:

        Who might not have been speeding if he wasn’t being hounded/chased by the paps. They bear some responsibility in this.
        Why Diana, as a mother, wasn’t wearing a seatbelt has always boggled me. Every time I get behind the wheel I tell myself I have a child to come home to.

      • Bridget says:

        Who might not have been speeding if he wasn’t intoxicated. And I think the exact same thing – I couldn’t imagine getting in the car with a drunk driver, or not putting on my seatbelt, because there are people counting on me to come home.

        And I take it that everyone’s forgotten that whole Diana-Dodi trip was just one giant press bait?

      • MI6 says:

        …Who perhaps would not have been speeding if not pursued by the paparazzi.
        Seat belt or not, they contributed to the accident that took her life.
        And no one said she was a saint.

      • Kristin says:

        Okay, people commenting that they would never get in the car with a drunk driver, need to back up for a second. First off, I highly doubt that Diana knew that her driver was drunk. How would she? It’s not like they were dining and hanging at the bar together. He was her driver, not her friend. And secondly, she was in the backseat, not the front, and most people don’t put their seat belts on in the back. I know in theory we all should, but realistically most of us don’t buckle up in the backseat. I don’t know about France or Great Britain, but here in the U.S. it’s such a non-issue that the law only requires passengers in the front to buckle up. Diana’s death was NOT on her. It was on her driver, who chose to foolishly drink and drive, and yes, it was also partly on the paparazzi who were chasing them. I don’t care if the courts have determined they were not criminally liable. Her driver may have driven fast without the paparazzi element in play, but I highly doubt he would have been driving a crazy 100 plus mph like he was without the paparazzi chasing them like a pack of starved wolves. The blame ultimately falls on the driver but I absolutely believe the paparazzi bear some responsibility for what happened that night.

  9. Macheath says:

    I disagree – I don’t think he was dictating that the press should never report about them. I think he was pointing out that the manner in which they did so was disgraceful – the thinly veiled racism for one. That’s probably why he chose to speak out on this occasion.
    It’s all well and good reporting that he has a girlfriend, but I agree with him that these reports have been particularly frenzied and downright fraudulent at times e.g. her quote about feeling like the luckiest girl in the world was old and had nothing to do with Harry.

    • Sarah says:

      For all of you applauding the US media for fighting racism, I hope you’re kidding!!! The media treated Trump and his racism like a joke, a sideshow, so now we have a man who said the things he has said possibly President.
      America is a deeply racist country and the media don’t talk about it at all. Look what how they vilified the BLM movement. The media is a joke.

  10. Nev says:

    England already had a Black QUEEN so all the peeps concerned about it can exhale and have a seat. Let Harry live!!!!

    http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/englands-first-black-queen-sophie-charlotte-born

    • Anatha says:

      Sorry to burst your bubble. But that’s not true. That site makes up a lot of false statements. She was a boring German with German ancestors.

      • LAK says:

        She was white German woman with ‘moor’ ancestry, specifically, portuguese King Alfonso 3 and his moor mistress Madragana.

        It’s a very tiny drop of Moor blood from the 13th century Madragana to the 18th century Queen Charlotte, but her ‘Moor’ features are strong in her portraits and her personal physician, Baron Christian Stockmar, frequently referred to her ‘true Mulatto face’.

        Portrait artists would have been asked to downplay certain elements and or change the sitter to the approved societal asthetic, but they never did for Queen Charlotte which is curious given she was a beloved Queen Consort.

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/mar/12/race-monarchy

      • mbh12 says:

        Moor blood could be African or black blood.
        In the US city of Charlotte many do still call her the black Queen.

        just saying.

      • Anatha says:

        See the comment beneath where Becky cited the sources of those claims. It was a sensational report by one person that claims she was black. If (and even that is disputed) she had moorish ancestors, that usually referred to Arabian, which isn’t uncommon in Portugal. One Arab a few hundred years back doesn’t make her a black Queen though. Her portraits don’t look different from any other white aristocrat either. She looks like any other person with Eastern European features.

      • LAK says:

        In ye old history, Moor was the catchall phrase for Arab or Black. Moors covered peoples from Arabia as much as North African with no distinction between the two.

        I think given the 2 centuries between her and her moor ancestors, it’s a stretch to say she was definitively black or moor. More a throwback.

        She lived at a time when white skin was revered to extent that high society women would poison themselves with white lead foundation, and yet she is painted with dark complexion and ‘moor’ features instead of changing those details about her.

        That said, given the 2 centuries between her and her moor ancestors, it is a stretch to call her black. I think she’s a white woman who is a throwback. It’s been known to happen and her dark complexion wasn’t hidden.

        Btw, what do you mean by Eastern European? I ask because Charlotte’s ancestors are primarily North German which is a very different look to East European.

      • Anatha says:

        She had many Mecklenburg ancestors. Those like the Archdukes of Brandenburg had mainly slavic ancestry. Back from when the Deutschorden did a crusade against the slavic people. The knights would get a title and land in the slavic parts (Mecklenburg, Brandenburg, Pommerania, etc.) and they married into the slavic tribes to strengthen their reign. Afterwards they were German lands, but the people stayed and mixed. People from there are mixed from western German and slavic people and until today can look both.

  11. Sage says:

    Sad he had to confirm their relationship in this manner. Still, I don’t see them lasting.

    Good luck to her. I doubt this letter will stop the harrassment.

    • Lorelai says:

      @Sage- Really? Given this letter, I absolutely see them lasting! I don’t think he would have done this if it wasn’t incredibly serious.

      I hope he’s happy and that it does last. At this point I wouldn’t be shocked if there was an engagement announcement by the end of the year!

    • Kori says:

      Time will tell but Harry’s track record for women he goes public with are serious even if they don’t last. So at the very least he’s definitely interested in more than just a casual dating situation. Also both of them are over 30, they may not be into all the games that go with dating and are ready at this point in their lives to be looking for a permanent relationship. (Harry is the eldest male royal in the family to be unmarried after only his uncle Edward but he’s closing in.)

      • Lorelai says:

        @Kori, exactly! Maybe it’s his age (and hers) but this just feels like the one.

        It reminds me of that SATC episode where they refer to a man ready for marriage as akin to a taxi’s light being on, or something like that. I have not had enough caffeine yet today but hopefully others here know what I’m talking about! It seems like Harry’s light was on to meet the one and he did.

        But yup, time will tell.

  12. Cool Character says:

    Imagine the wedding

    • mbh12 says:

      Every USA publication and Media outlet , Hollywood media, would be covering it and I’m including the African American media which did not cover William and Kate’s wedding.
      Oh my, it would be HUGE!
      I need a tent and sleeping bag or money for a hotel room. LOL

  13. Kaya says:

    Here’s what I suspect is afoot, and to my mind would explain why he is SO ALL IN….she is preggers and they are bracing for that hurricane with the rollout of this news. Just a guess, and a hope!, their babies would be gorgeous!

  14. Spaniard89 says:

    I just find it weird to release this right now. After almost 2 weeks of crazy daily reporting he released the statement just when the number of stories were slowing and lets not forget it’s the American elections today. No story about them would have made the headlines today or this week. Of course an official statement from KP about her will do.

    Re the cover of a national newspaper, is it the one posted her or some other? I don’t live in the UK so no idea of what printed papers did.

    And so weird to release this when he never did it for previous girlfriends he dated for years and that were stalked just as much but he never acknowledged them like this.

  15. suze says:

    Yeah. Not gonna work. And most certainly you will never control social media trolls. But it had to be said and I am glad he said it.

    I would love for this to work but it would be at the expense of that woman’s sanity. There is a human being at the center of this and she is being shredded in the press without ever uttering a word. Its appalling.

  16. Sixer says:

    GO HARRY!

    That’s what I say. Thanks for quoting the Grauniad and not the Fail, Kaiser.

    Don’t forget, American friends: we are still arguing about implementation of certain degree of press regulation post hacking scandal here in the UK. So this is partly a contribution to that.

    And the Fail’s coverage has been racist. Here’s me from yesterday’s thread, so if anyone else wants to know what the Fail is doing without giving them web traffic, do make use: the critical Twitter account @DMReporter is now my only Fail access due to all-out boycott over attacks on judges. Here’s their take on the Fail’s take on the statement:

    http://twitter.com/DMReporter/status/795940966146437120

    • BritAfrica says:

      Thanks Sixer. Very handy since I also boycotted the Fail a while back.

    • Spaniard89 says:

      I still stand by my opinion she’s using this to raise her profile and is loving the attention. First thing she did when the first story about this was published was to share the pic of those spooning banana couple, she walks around with an smirk when she notices the paps and wore the coat with her sleeves rolled up to make sure they could see she was wearing their matching bracelet.
      That said as an Spaniard I fail to understand the constant mention of her race and her mum’s dreadlocks on British papers (maybe press from other countries did it too but I didn’t see it). Its something that really confusses me. Not that it’s the first time this happens, I’ve noticed how mentioning someone’s race or anything associated to said race is a focus for foreign publications when talking about any celebrity or private person that makes it to the news. What’s with that??
      Not surprised about Daily Mail doing it every 5 lines since it’s obvious they have issues with anyone that isn’t white and many commenters were insulting her just cause of that.

      • Leah says:

        @spaniard
        I don’t agree with what you said.The smirk? That is you reading into a photo. She smiles or smirks as you call it in a photo, which is lets remind ourselves basically a split second, i bet there are other photos in which she isn’t smiling. You interpret that as if she enjoying the attention. Now if she had been serious in that second someone would have called her miserable.
        It was confirmed by the police in Toronto that a reporter tried to break into her house through the garage. Now i don’t see how anyone would enjoy that kind of “attention” that is scary. I also don’t see how any actress would enjoy The Sun misleading the public into thinking you do porn. When i reality you did some love scenes on a TV show like every bloody actress out there.
        The attention she has got here in the british press has presented her as not a very serious person, a sort of frivolous party girl. I could see a person enjoying the attention if the attention they got was flattering. I think you are assuming that everyone thinks all publicity is good publicity .
        From what i have read about Markle she describes herself as a feminist and has discussed racial matters. The narrative in the british press is actually the type of “attention” that goes against what she stands for.

    • Becky says:

      Thanks Sixer, I’ll use that twitter account to see what’s being published I/o giving the DM any traffic.

      The Daily Mail supported Hitler in the 30′s.

      • BritAfrica says:

        Wow, I didn’t even know that.

      • Sixer says:

        They ran openly fascist editorials supporting Moseley and the brownshirts. Supported the wrong side in the Battle of Cable Street (my granddad was at that: on the right side).

        If you ask me, they are back to the 30s today. Not content with just being racist and sexist: they are now running front pages and editorials attacking the judiciary and the rule of law. Textbook fascism.

      • Becky says:

        Yep, the editor Lord Rothermere, was friends with both Hitler and Mussolini. The paper also supported the British Union od Fascists until one of their rallies turned violent.

        Their nasty right wing stance hasn’t changed much.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Sixer,

        There are so many things today in the political climate that have shades of the 30s that I am getting more and more scared. In my own country that has otherwise had a good reputation, the recent law that makes it legal to confiscate personal property of Syrian refugees to “pay” for their stay is a shameful blot on our reputation that has so many sinister historical echoes. Add to that that just now it has become public that Ban Ki-Moon wrote a very critical letter to our PM, which the PM’s office then had suppressed from Parliament during the hearings on the law.

        I def think that we’re currently seeing a kind of krypto-fascism rearing its ugly head again and it seems that no one remembers our own recent history. I seems that those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it and those of us who do are helpless to stop it.

      • Sixer says:

        Arthistorian – I saw that from you guys. Most upsetting. My theory is that the collapse of an economic centre position (which happened in the banking crisis of 2008) creates a vacuum and the far right always fills it. See also: Trump.

        I can’t remember whether it was you guys or Sweden, but I had a conversation with someone about this a few months back. Hostility in a Scandinavian country about immigration AT THE SAME TIME as the government is proposing fertility policies due to a falling birth rate. SIGH.

  17. IndifferentCat says:

    British right wing media is so utterly disgusting.

  18. Emily says:

    This is why I’ll always prefer Harry. The Press spent 10 years tearing Waity Katie to pieces when she was Royal Girlfriend, and William really didn’t seem to care at all.

    • mbh12 says:

      …….but much of the UK Press also Push and Promoted Kate as the perfect Princess choice for 8 years and shoved her down the publics throats. IMO
      Even though Kate was nothing but a clubbing girlfriend with no career or job for almost 6 yrs. She was out clubbing several times a week , yet the press never called her party girl, they would say how stunning she looked.

  19. sandy says:

    I love how Harry is trying to protect her. It’s so romantic (even though it will probably backfire as British press is like a pack of hyenas) but it REALLY shows how much he cares about her getting scared or pushed away from him. I really hope it works out for these two, because they are very handsome together <3 It's so weird how likeable some couplings are when you hear about them, and others seem so meh or wrong or unlikable! (not that I know anyone personally of course, just from the feeling they evoke)

    • Sarah says:

      I don’t know – that makes me feel queasy, about how he is trying “to protect” her, like she’s a weak female in need of his protection. Ties into the princess being rescued by the prince meme.

    • addie says:

      It’s a bit late in the day for Harry to want to protect her. He’s said zip for over a week and basically let Meghan hang out to dry. No doubt he can hide behind palace protocol but it would give some pause for thought. Also, so-called “friends” (or maybe, relatives?) leaked the news of the relationship in the first place. Then her people (agent?) said it was still unofficial, followed by pics on the lady’s social media accounts that were not subtle at all, plus her family has been mouthy. Harry needs to look within his own camp first for leaks, but also ask his new love to think twice about what kind of stuff she posts. They both know how the press works so would also know how not to add to any problems.

  20. Amelie says:

    She might be pregnant or maybe this is true love and Harry finally met someone who can handle his weird life. But none of his girlfriends have ever been scrutinized this much or torn apart this way in the press. Cressida was blonde and dull and didn’t have much going on. Chelsy, while vivacious and ambitious, also got off easy and could hide in Zimbabwe if she wanted to get away. The worst thing said about her was that she was a party girl.

    Here comes this American brunette actress who is not Caucasian who is slightly older than Harry and the media is losing their minds for whatever reason. It’s not fair to her and Harry sees she is being treated way differently.

    • LAK says:

      Yes they were.

      Chelsy’s life was scrutinised to the extreme. Paps went as far as photographing her whilst she was studying in her university library. That particular photo was seared in my brain at the level of intrusiveness.

      She was followed everywhere, buildings and classes staked out, articles anout every single member of her family.

      And that was before the comparison articles with perfect Kate and her perfect family.

      It was awful.

      Cressida has friends in high places and could minimise the fall out.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It also helped that Cressida was from the UK. A lot of the nastiness directed towards Chelsy seemed to be because she was from South Africa.

      • mbh12 says:

        Chelsy was treated horridly by the UK press and Cressida was not treated that well either. Both ladies had a lot more going on than Kate did imo, At least they were pursuing their goals.

        The UK press has an agenda with William and Harry, want to stick to that agenda and tagg the girlfriends or wives with it. imo. They want William Good Prince and Harry bad or Party Prince and they are mad that they can’t work that agenda, because Harry has come into his own personality and the public can see it.

        IMO The UK media’s goal is to control the story with any of Harry’s girlfriends and never have Harry’s wife or girlfriend outshine Kate, but with the US Media involved they can’t do that.

      • Lorelai says:

        @MBH12 – and even leaving the US media out of it, they have less control generally because the internet exists and we can see Harry out there and see how much he’s doing. And how little William and Kate do in comparison.

        They can throw as many Twitter fits as they want but they simply cannot control the narrative anymore.

      • Elizabeth says:

        I didn’t follow the Harry and Chelsy saga, but damn the girl had it bad when it came to the press.

        Meghan had already received both good press and bad press in the British papers. Race is always going to be issue. Some people are always asking me what I’m mix with. It would be a little naive to think someone with the same ethnicity will not support one of their own or one’s own social class. I’m from the east coast, but I’ve found people living in California to be very shady and care more about money than anything. It’s like being in high school all over again. They smile in your face and stabbs you in the back.

    • Sarah says:

      From what I’ve read, Harry falls hard. He’s been said to text endlessly to several women he’s met who he likes. He seems almost desperate for true love. It makes me sad for him.

  21. perplexed says:

    In in this case I don’t think he’s dictating terms to the press like William does. I think he’s just telling the media to quit being racist.

    While Kate Middleton was called Waity Katy, I don’t really remember the coverage of her romance with William being this unkind.

    • Spaniard89 says:

      William is the heir to the throne the palace wouldn’t allow that and always covers for his ass. It’s been said multiple times he partied just as much as Harry but they would hide that to make him look better. They are always making sure William the Lazy is praised but Harry is the spare so he has to handle his own stuff it seems.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      Plus Queen Carole made friends with the Editor in Chief of the Fail, Paul Dacre who is now a close Middleton family friend who gave them PR advice for years. Plus as the other poster said, the press were kinder because Willy is the heir’s heir.

      Thou on the other side – Waity and the Mids openly courted the press, often tipping paps off to where Kate would be and when she was on hols with him.

      • mbh12 says:

        Yes the Middleton’s would walk up to Tanna and ask him to send them photos for their scrapbook, they were totally tipping off pappz. imo
        Even Katie Nicholl admitted once she phoned and talked to Kate in her room while she was on a private vacation with William, but when William came into the room, Kate suddenly hung up.
        No one else in the press knew where William and Kate were, but Katie Nicholl somehow knew just how to get Kate on the phone in the room.

  22. Lucy says:

    Is it so much him trying to control every move the press does as it is him wanting to stand for his girlfriend and protect her from all the scrutiny? Let’s talk about that. Anyways, I’m really happy for Harry. I hope this works out.

  23. Guesto says:

    I feel so bad for him (and Meghan) that he’s been put in the position of having to do this. It’s sickening.

  24. Cee says:

    Good for Harry, this speaks volumes of their relationship. I see an engagement in 2017.

    I’m loving the fact that so many people in other British outlets are having a freak out because she is black and an actress. Harry just issued a big FU to those brexiters who are also racists. At least Meghan a) works, b) supports herself, c) has shown humanitarian inclinations, and d) seems well rounded. I suppose the BRF is trading up.

  25. Inas alsaadi says:

    I feel bad for her, she will be harassed for ever.
    does anyone thinks she looks like young Julia Roberts?

  26. A says:

    Yeah, I honestly don’t see this as dictating terms tbh. It feels a much more plaintive appeal to the press to get their act together and not be…I dunno, racist. And honestly, this is what I was worried about from the start. I’ve avoided reading the British tabloids because of the nastiness, so I don’t know what kind of tone they’ve taken here, but it couldn’t have been good if it came to this. And I would not at all be surprised if it was exactly as nasty and racist and awful as written about in the statement.

    I think I like this approach a lot better though. I don’t think it’s particularly effective, and it makes Harry come off as a bit weird, but at least it’s not a petulant strong-arming of the press like Willy Willikers, which is more based on fear and intimidation into doing things his way or the high way. Either you tow his official line, or you don’t, and you get penalized for not doing so. That, to me, is scarier, especially if there’s really no discretion to what you can or can’t print without being afraid of getting the hammer.

    I honestly don’t know how much the British press will really listen to it (I can’t imagine they will), and I sincerely question the extent to which this might have been Megan’s idea (she doesn’t seem like the type to go crying into her boyfriend’s arms about something like this). I think if anything, it was Harry who likely read a thing or two that made him really effing angry. And I trust Harry’s judgement when it comes to the British tabloid press because he’s had to deal with it’s relative garbage for his entire life. So good for him for taking a stand I guess?

    • Lorelai says:

      @A, that is how it came across to me as well. Maybe I’m naive, but it honestly sounds like a genuine plea for them to just stop being horrible, racist, criminal assholes.

      He’s appealing to their human decency, and I guess now we will find out if they actually have any.

  27. Cerys says:

    At least we know the stories are true about their relationship. Good on Harry for trying to protect her. Sadly i can’t see it working. Now the press know the rumours are true then I think they will be go after her full-on. Asking the press to step back is usually counterproductive for the Royals. Buck House asked the media to lay off Diana in the 80s when she was pregnant with Whiny and I don’t think it made a difference.
    However, good luck to Harry and Meghan. I hope it works out for them.

  28. seesittellsit says:

    In the world we live in, it’s a hopeless expectation for someone like Harry to assume he can escape the combined onslaught of a pervasive press AND social media. I’m guessing that for the BRF it’s the acting and naked stuff that would be the hangup, not her biracial ancestry – she would really have to give up the career.

    I’d give a lot to be a fly on the wall of Clarence House these days.

  29. Montréalaise says:

    It would help if Meghan’s relatives stopped giving interviews to the press.

  30. Almondjoy says:

    Harry you GO! I’m excited to see how this turns out. Wishing them the best.

  31. Bex says:

    I’m rooting for these two so hard now

  32. Guest says:

    Lol. Love it. Love it even more that the tears and seething going on. Place like the royal dish, oh boy are they mad. Posting gifs of her love scenes from suits and using it to show what kind of character she has. Some of them are turning on harry saying he should just quit being a royal if it’s so hard. Go harry! You date your American gf.

  33. Margo S. says:

    I think she’s beautiful. Harry, you have good taste. I think good for him releasing a statement.

  34. The Original Mia says:

    I am beyond thrilled for Harry and Meghan. I had a feeling this might be serious, but damn…Harry just came down like a boss on the press. Well done, Harry. Strengthen your spine, Meghan, the Middletons won’t take this lightly.

  35. Jade says:

    I think it’s a bit futile asking the press to back off but it is kinda sweet he did that. Oh boy, this is so exciting!

    I don’t know anything about her but she seems confident and works hard for her money! Maybe she won’t be easily intimidated by the UK press since she’s in the public eye as an actress already. Maybe that’s her advantage; she can handle her own against the press. Who knows, maybe she told Harry there’s no need to release any statements but Harry wanted to show he cared enough (especially during the early stages of lurrve). Carry on you two!

  36. NewKay says:

    What I find interesting is the fact that Prince Harry is so popular and likely together they will be immensely well liked by the public – how will that play out with will and Kate when Harry and Megan overshadow them. That’all be interesting.

  37. S says:

    I love that he released a statement. Seems like a rare, bold move. Don’t remember him doing that for his other girlfriends, or Will doing that for Waity. A+ move.

  38. Hummos says:

    A free press means press outlets get to write whatever they want, and if they’re causing harm to private citizens, those private citizens get to sue or push back legally or contact the authorities.

    Totally disagree with this statement. There are ethics and codes of conduct and with freedom and rights comes RESPONSIBILITY. There is a bigger issue here and that is in today’s society too many ‘news’ outlets aren’t operating neutrally and responsibly, too many lines are being crossed. The solution is not that we should all just sue each other; a very American attitude towards it all I have to say. In Australia a racist journo wrote that our Indigenous Australians are using their status to claim welfare benefits. The matter was referred to the high court and a national debate ensued about what constitutes racial vilification.

  39. Miss M says:

    About time! The press was getting ridiculous!
    Good for you, Harry!
    I like them together.

  40. HappyMom says:

    She’s beautiful, socially active, has great style and clearly goes after what she wants-you go, Meghan. She would be an amazing Royal Duchess. The 2 of them would put W & K’s work ethic to shame.

  41. Lorelai says:

    WOW.

    I did not think myself capable of spending this much time today on any story not related to the election, but here we are.

    Well done, Harry! I wish him nothing but happiness.

  42. sushi says:

    All I can see is Kate will have to work harder. Here is some one who earns her own money, has a career , doing charity and can give a speech. I hope they marry and have many happy years together.

    • Lorelai says:

      It will be really interesting to see what Kate does.

      She has two options, IMO- use this as a motivator to step the hell up and behave the way she should have been all along, or completely disappear, save for maybe a handful of the “big” appearances per year like Trooping.

      She won’t fare well in the comparisons.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        Kate is highly competitive – she will up her game now that its out in the open. The usual tactic of using the Daily Fail to tear her down won’t work cause a) the US press have her back and B) so does Harry. Kate has never reacted well to female competition – she loves being the center of attention with the Wales brothers, its been commented on here before how she is a completely different person when they are all doing an engagement.

        If the British public accept Meghan (and am sure they will) then Kate’s claws will be out.

      • perplexed says:

        I don’t think Kate is good at connecting with the public even if she tried though. She’s kind of naturally boring. She could up her event count, but I don’t think charisma will magically appear.

        I don’t know if Markle is charismatic, but her background is interesting and she is indisputably beautiful. In that respect, being an actress probably helps her. She knows how to, uh, act for the public.

  43. Leah says:

    I kind of love him for this! It was disturbing to see how hellbent the british press was on making Markle out to be some kind of frivolous no good party girl, when she comes across as hardworking, educated and a humanitarian for anyone who cares to look past salacious headlines.

    There was no mention of the fact that she has double majored from one of the best Universities in the USA, the work she had done for the UN was merely a footnote.

    The worst was the suns front page which mislead people to think she had done porn because someone had uploaded her love scenes from suits on a porn site.
    The treatment of her was misleading and seemed from where i am sitting at best xenophobic at worst racist ( the stuff they wrote about her mother had clear undertones of racism).

  44. Reece says:

    I am so giddily happy right now I can barely complete this sentence!
    Allow me to fangirl.
    She’s not just American, she’s a Cali girl! She’s not just a Cali girl, she’s from LA! Not an old English, house in the Hamptons, boring, empty af chick who is an “actress, model…”. NO she’s a real actress with a real career and she has humanitarian pursuits and I might start crying. All those racist (expletives) and their commentary can now go implode. I’m looking at you DM! Please let them get married. Please let this work out. Please God, Buddha, Gaia, whomever!?! I will fly to London and stand outside the venue (St. Pauls) with a giant British American hybrid flag.
    He’s standing up for her. I didn’t think I could love Harry more and I do.

    It’s like a gift from the Ginger Gods on this solemn US election day (I know it’s not but I’m gonna take it that way anyway). Must go vote. Later.

  45. xo says:

    When news of this relationship broke, I avoided the initial surge of articles & went straight to youtube & instagram to get an impression of her for myself. I watched several interviews and. . you know what? I loved her. She comes across as humble, intelligent, hardworking, stylish & kind.

    Good on Harry, for standing up for her.

  46. funky121 says:

    The problem I have with this situation is that Meghan was/is too eager for this relationship to be public. Nobody would have found out that she was dating Prince Harry had she not post all those bracelet pics, and the Spooning Banana picture after everyone found out just fuelled more gossip and speculation. I feel that had she not let the cat out of the bag so early she and Harry could have enjoyed a private romance for many months until they felt comfortable to go public with it, Kensington Palace could have planted some PR friendly articles about Meghan to the press in order to introduce her gently to the public and limited the negative press. But Meghan’s eagerness spoilt all of this and the KP PR team obviously didn’t have PR strategy in place for this relationship once the news broke. Although all those racist comments are wrong and uncalled for she did bring the majority of the media storm on to herself.

    I know this comment is going to get a lot of hate but its just my opinion on the situation.

    • Lorelai says:

      @Funky,

      Not hate, but moreso curiosity (from me, at least) as to why you are convinced she is the one behind outing this. It is equally as plausible that someone close to one of them sold them out to make a buck, IMO.

      • funky121 says:

        @ Lorelei. Its all those pictures of the bracelet that makes me think this.

        Had she just posted one or two pics of her wearing the bracelet obscurely I wouldn’t think that she was encouraging this. But there were quiet a few pictures of the bracelet – random her arm/hand pictures clearly showing the bracelet in full view. This makes me believe that she was secretly hoping that people would cotton on and figure out the link with Harry.

        You may be right in saying that someone close to them sold them out but the bracelet pictures pretty much confirmed the relationship. Had she not posted them there would be nothing to link her to Harry apart from hearsay.

    • Hashtagwhat says:

      Tina Brown was on Sky today saying she thought it came from Markle’s camp. The timing of it, just before her clothing line comes out, just seems so suspect. Plus the non-confirmation confirmation from Kruger Crowne, the IG posts–it is hard to believe that she did not want this out there. It would also help explain a rather clumsy PR strategy (should I say clumsier than usual) from KP if Harry was caught flat-footed and had to pull his shit together quickly.

      I’m not at all saying Meghan isn’t a helluva catch. And also understand my comments in no way make the vile bullshit she’s been subjected to even remotely excusable. She should not have been subjected to any of it. But I still think that’s not mutually exclusive with her wanting this out there. And that bums me out because I worry Harry’s being played.

    • perplexed says:

      I’d probably want it out there that I was dating Prince Harry. I don’t find that odd necessarily.

  47. MellyMel says:

    Haha!! I love when racists get called out! I love Harry and hope this relationship lasts and lasts. The fact that this relationship is making some people so bothered and uncomfortable is making me oh so happy!

  48. Guesto says:

    Had a whole day to think about this and I’m way more angry and depressed about it now than I was earlier in the day.

    I feel so bad for Harry that something that’s really important to him has been reduced to whether or not he has a right to privacy.

  49. Cousin Erika says:

    I cannot wait for the LIfetime movie about their romance!

  50. Kitty says:

    If they were to marry how will Will and Kate react from the attention?

  51. Cleo says:

    But… But… BANANAS! Won’t someone think of the bananas?

  52. Natalie Morgan says:

    You say “people can sue” as if it’s so easy and cheap to do. Actually, it’s difficult, time-consuming and incredibly expensive.

    Secondly, given the Leveson enquiry in the UK, where the press hacked into dead childrens’ phones and harrassed their parents, the aftermath of that is supposed to have marked a change in reporting standards.

    No-one is suggesting the press isn’t free to report on the relationship. But there are ways to report it. Harrassment of relatives is simply not necessary in order to report that a royal is – shock, horror – dating another human being.

    I live in the UK and don’t understand why the press make such a massive fuss. Thanks his nephew and niece, he is way down the line to the throne, so it’s not like his future wife will be the next Queen.

    Really, if you’re a man and you see your partner and their family being harrassed because of your relationship, why wouldn’t say something to defend them? Why is that pointless? At least it reassures her that he will be active in protecting her, so it must be serious between them.

    Given what’s happening today, the UK press really need to start reporting on proper news, and not who a not-next-in-line-to-the-throne Prince is dating.

  53. nikko says:

    Has anyone been watching The Crown on Netflix. It’s about Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the BRF. It’s really good. None of the family members like Prince Phillip, but the Queen (Princess at the time), put her foot down and wouldn’t change her mind about him. The Duke of Windsor and his mistress/now wife are in it. Too much to mention, go to netflix and watch it, after seeing it, this w/ Harry is nothing.

  54. hey-ya says:

    …btw shes not “mixed race” shes “multi heritage”…just saying…

  55. Vox says:

    I see no issue appealing to the politely to please just think before they report and make sure there aren’t any sexist or racist undertones in their work. It seems completely reasonable to me and like the only people who would be upset would be writers who want the freedom to make those kinds of remarks.

    I feel the tone of the statement is different to those Will and Charles put out there, More a plea than a demand.