This Morning's Phillip Schofield reacts to Prince Harry's statement about Meghan Markle: "He's very angry"

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Phillip Schofield has described Prince Harry's words about girlfriend Meghan Markle as one of the "strongest" statements he's ever heard from Kensington Palace.

This Morning's Holly and Phillip talk about Prince Harry's statement
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On Tuesday's episode of This Morning, co-hosts Phillip and Holly Willoughby read out Harry's statement condemning the "abuse and harassment" he feels Meghan and her family have been subjected to.

Phillip said: "I think that's one of the strongest statements I've ever heard come out of a palace. It's an incredibly personal statement. He's obviously very, very angry."

Holly replied: "Good for him."

They also interviewed Sunday Express' Royal Editor, Camilla Tominey, who broke the initial story that Harry, 32, was dating US actress Meghan, 35, famous for her role in legal drama Suits.

Camilla said: "We can't stop social media trolls and the internet continues to publish with impunity when newspapers have to toe a more legally stringent line. He accepts that he is in some ways public property and there is a public interest in him and his girlfriend, but we have to draw the line at character assassinating this girl.

"I think Harry feels because he's now 32 and Meghan is 35, anyone he meets now is suddenly wife material and therefore fair game, but in the interests of fair, accurate and kind reporting, we shouldn't be tearing this girl to pieces just because of who she is dating.

"There is reporting of the events, not character assassination. That's taking it too far."

Watch the interview below:



Actress Meghan Markle leaves the 'Today Show' taping at NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)

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The statement read: "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 is also aware that there is significant curiosity about his private life. He has never been comfortable with this, but he has tried to develop a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it.

"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 subjected 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."


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