Prince Harry has officially confirmed that he’s dating Suits actress, Meghan Markle.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Prince Harry described Markle as his “girlfriend”, while slamming the social media abuse she’s been having to endure as a result.
“The past week has seen a line crossed,” a statement from Prince Harry’s communications secretary, Jason Knauf read.
“His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment.
“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.”
Markle, who plays Rachael Zane on the legal TV show, has a black mother, and that has also drawn some racial insults.
The statement added that “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” were things Prince Harry just would not tolerate.
“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,” Knauf added.