A lengthy statement issued by Kensington Palace on Tuesday morning (8 November) revealed that Prince Harry, 32, was "deeply disappointed" he had been unable to protect Meghan, 35, from the wave of harassment she and her family have been subjected to.
The strong statement released on Prince Harry's orders speaks about unacceptable commentary on Meghan and her family, including pieces featuring "racial undertones, sexism and racism", as well as the attempts some photographers and journalists have gone to in order to get more info on Meghan's life.
These attempts include "illegal" attempts to gain entry to her family home, bribes offered to a former boyfriend, and harassment of Meghan's colleagues, friends and loved ones.
Kensington Palace said: "He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly."
The statement reads: "Since he was young, Prince Harry was been very aware of the warmth that has been extended to him by members of the public. He feels lucky to have so many people supporting him and knows what a fortunate and privileged life he leads.
"He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories written about him, and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about.
"The past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, 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.
"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 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.
"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. 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."
"He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly."
It's very unusual for the royals to issue such statements about their private lives, although it has happened before: Prince William complained about harassment of then-girlfriend Kate Middleton when they were dating, insisting she had a right to a private life.
Meghan is best known for her role in US legal 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