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Prince Harry has confirmed US actress Meghan Markle is his girlfriend, in a statement from Kensington Palace assaulting the media for subjecting her to a “wave of abuse and harassment”.

The statementsaid the couple were “a few months into a relationship” and it was “not right” that Ms Markle should be subjected to such treatment.

It said the prince rarely took formal action over “fictional stories”.

“But the past week has witnessed a line bridged, ” it added.

In recent daylights a number of newspapers have carried front sheet floors about the 35 -year-old actress, best known for playing Rachel Zane in the Tv drama Suits.

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The statement issued by the prince’s communications secretary said: “His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a waving of abuse and molestation.

“Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front sheet of their own nationals newspaper; the ethnic tinges of explain parts; and the outright sexism and intolerance of social media trolls and web clause observations.

“Some of it has been hidden from the public – the nightly law duels to impede defamatory storeys out of papers; her mom having to conflict past photographers in order to get to her front entrance; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her dwelling and the called to speak to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the shelling of nearly every pal, co-worker, and loved one in her life.”

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The 32 -year-old prince has long had an uneasy relation with the press, having grown up aware of the impact that intense media interference had on the life of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

When he was 20, he was caught up in a scuffle with a paparazzi photographer outside a London nightclub.

In 2012, naked photographs of him in a Las Vegas hotel room were published online and on newspaper figurehead sheets, causing individual complaints to the Press Complaints Commission.

But he has also captivated positive coverage of his philanthropic attentions and military service.


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By Peter Hunt, BBC royal correspondent

This is a cri de coeur from a monarch whose sentiment of the media was worded after his mother was killed in a auto crash as paparazzi photographers were prosecuting her.

Prince Harry has long was contended that the line between his public and his personal life has become almost non-existent.

The fifth in line to the throne is now use the media he at times hates to focus on what he says is the plight of its most recent lover.

It’s a direction followed in the past by two brothers when Kate Middleton( as she was then) has been the object of intense pastime.

But Prince William’s requests were never fairly so passionate or fairly so detailed.

And in going public, Prince Harry has confirmed his relationship of a few months with Meghan Markle.

There’ll be those in Buckingham Palace who’ll revalue his tendernes, but who’ll subject the prudence of issuing this statement.

Prince Harry is plea to the better judgment of newspaper editors and their readers.

Will they listen?

Will we listen?

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BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said writers in the UK might abide by the prince’s solicits but it was unlikely to have an impact on foreign publishers as there was a considerable fiscal interest in pursuing stories about the relationship.

Our correspondent said the statement appeared to be a “cry from the heart” and showed how clearly Prince Harry was determined to protect such relationships after previous lovers had accepted similar media attention.

In 2014, the Press Ailment Commission became involved again when Prince Harry and his then girlfriend Cressida Bonas complained the working paper had produced two photographs of them at the Royal Albert Hall that poked into their privacy.

‘Statement unprecedented’

The statement said Prince Harry cares about Ms Markle’s security and that he “is deeply disappointed that “hes not” been able to protect her”.

It added: “It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms Markle should be subjected to such a hurricane.

“He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly contends. This is not a game – it is her life and his.”

The statement ended with Prince Harry appealing for “those in the press who have been driving this story[ to] pause and indicate before any further shatter is done”.

Camilla Tominey, the imperial editor of the Sunday Express, said Prince Harry’s testimony was “unprecedented” and appeared to have been as much provoked by coverage on the internet as in the press.

“There is Fleet Street and then there is the internet, ” she told the BBC.

“There are no editors to be held accountable, they produce what the hell is like and you get commentary , not only from reporters but from members of the public laying into this girl, writing some obscene stuff.”

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