Prince Harry came forward to confirm his relationship with Suits actress Meghan Markle on Tuesday, but that's not all! The 32-year-old also took it upon himself to defend his new girlfriend against online bullying in a passionate statement released through Kensington Palace.
"The past week has seen a line crossed. Harry's girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment," the statement read. "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."
"It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm," the statement continued. "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."
As Radar readers know, news first broke of the couple's relationship when Prince Harry was caught jetting off to Canada last week for an ultra-secret visit with Markle.
On the trip, Harry let loose, attending a VIP Halloween party with the 35-year-old at Soho House and "hanging out" in the Suit star's apartment with her two rescue dogs, Bogart and Guy.
But Markle's own sister, Samantha Grant, said the relationship with Prince Harry isn't likely to last.
Grant claimed to have raised Meghan for 12 years growing up in California. Now wheelchair-bound and living in Florida, the 51-year-old slammed, "The royal family would be appalled by what she's done to her own family. The truth would kill her relationship with Prince Harry. He wouldn't want to date her anymore because it puts her in a bad public light. I certainly don't think Harry or his family would want to associate with her afterwards."
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