A statement by Prince Harry's office confirmed the relationship with Meghan Markle for the first time. Photograph: (AFP)
British newspapers have been running daily stories about Markle since news emerged that she was dating Prince Harry
Britain's Prince Harry has hit out at the press for subjecting his girfriend, American actress Meghan Markle to constant "abuse and harassment."
A statement issued by Kensington Palace criticised the media for their defamatory articles about his girlfriend and for the sexist and racist articles against her online. This is the first time that the 32-year-old prince has spoke about his relationship with the US actress best known for playing Rachel Zane in the TV drama Suits.
Kensington Palace has issued a statement this morning about the harassment currently being experienced by Meghan Markle and her family. pic.twitter.com/EuFZ4fmUIj— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 8, 2016
"But the past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public - 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 read.
British newspapers have been running daily stories about Markle since news emerged that the 35-year-old actress was dating the prince. The statement spoke of the constant legal battles the royal family had to fight to keep defamatory stories about the couple from appearing in papers.
"Some of it has been hidden from the public - the 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.
Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth, has often made headlines for his personal life. He says he is worried about his girlfriend's safety and "deeply disappointed" that he has not been able to protect her.
"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."
Meghan Markle also featured in the 2011 film "Horrible Bosses."