Sadly, it doesn’t come as a shock to many of us that Meghan Markle – beautiful, poised and kind as she is – still can’t catch a break. As the first biracial woman to marry into the British royal family, the former actress has been the subject of mean and racist headlines by a number of U.K. papers. Prince Harry has had enough, and the two are taking legal action to put the media bullies in their place.
In a statement posted to the Sussex official website, Prince Harry announced that the family is suing Associated Newspapers – owners of Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday for publishing a very personal letter Markle sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.
“Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son,” he says. “There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.”
Prince Harry says he feels disappointed that the press has “been able to create lie after lie at her expense simply because she has not been visible while on maternity leave. She is the same woman she was a year ago on our wedding day, just as she is the same woman you’ve seen on this Africa tour.”
Markle has been scrutinized in the press since her relationship with the prince went public in 2016. The Los Angeles native has been referred to as “almost straight out of Compton” and “from the cotton fields to royalty” by the Mail. It is horrendous to think such racist behavior is perpetuated by media…oh wait, nope. No, it isn’t.
But seriously, Prince Harry has had enough, adding that he’s been “a silent witness to her private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in.”