Prince Harry Slams 'Sexist And Racist Press' In Statement Issued Regarding Girlfriend Meghan Markle
This is not a game - it is her life and his.
Issued via his communications secretary, the prince explains that he wouldn't normally address such speculation surrounding his personal life but this time a 'line has been crossed'.
"His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment," the statement reads.
"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.
"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."
"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."
It's 2016, this really shouldn't be a thing anymore.