"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."
It's official, Prince Harry and Suits actress Meghan Markle are indeed a couple and confirmation comes directly from the royal palace.
The royal prince confirmed the status of his relationship on Tuesday morning in a statement from Kensington Palace in which he addresses the racial undertones that have been thrown in the direction of his lady love because he "fears for her safety."
“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.”
Markle who was born to a White father, Thomas Markle, and a Black mother, Doria Ragland, identifies as biracial, and has not been shy about her diverse heritage as detailed on her lifestyle website, The Tig.
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With speculation and the now confirmation of their relationship, Harry says he is "disappointed" that he has not been able to shield her from the scrunity of the public eye.
"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."
This is the first of public acknowledgement from either Harry or Meghan about their rumored love affair and while they haven't been spotted together, it's good to hear that Harry is standing up for the one who has his heart.