Prince Harry has had enough of the unnecessarily harsh treatment his wife, Meghan Markle receives by the British press. While the harassment isn't something the Duke and Duchess of Sussex address normally, we all reach our breaking points. And it seems that Harry has reached his and is letting his feelings be known on the subject. He has released a statement, openly calling out the "ruthless campaign" the British tabloid press is waging against Meghan. And we're here for it.
“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," he says in the statement. He adds that the treatment has "escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son."
Meghan has been under intense scrutiny by the British press since her relationship with Prince Harry was revealed back in 2016. The vitriolic, often racist articles have made her a constant target. And since the birth of the couple's son Archie Harrison this past spring, the ire has only seemed to grow stronger and more resentful.
Prince Harry mentions that the couple 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.” And this gross mistreatment at the hands of the news media has escalated into the Duchess taking legal action against the Mail on Sunday, a popular publication.
“We have initiated legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday, and its parent company Associated Newspapers, over the intrusive and unlawful publication of a private letter written by the Duchess of Sussex, which is part of a campaign by this media group to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her, as well as her husband," a legal spokesperson from Schillings, the ones representing the Duchess explains.
While this is obviously very hard to go through, it's clear that Prince Harry won't let Meghan shoulder the burden alone. He explains 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.” It's clear that they are presenting a united front in this and when it really matters, they have each other backs.
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Plus, this isn't the first time the Duke has been witness to how horrible the British tabloid press can be. He says, "my deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."