In November 2016, Prince Harry made a rare move by issuing a statement requesting the media and the public to respect the privacy of his then-girlfriend Meghan Markle.
Harry admitted that there was “huge curiosity about his private life” in a lengthy, poignant statement, but urged fair-minded people to respect Meghan’s privacy once it was disclosed that she was his girlfriend.
He also expressed his “concern” and “deep disappointment” that he was unable to “defend” Meghan from “abuse and harassment” as well as “sexism and racism” perpetrated by “social media trolls and web article comments.”
According to The Times, while it was unusual for Harry to make such a public statement about his personal life at the time, he did so out of worry that Meghan might stop their relationship.
Previous high-profile relationships for Harry have ended because to the media attention that comes with dating a member of the royal family. Chelsy Davy, Harry’s previous fiancée, admitted in 2017 that she couldn’t “cope” with being in the spotlight with him.
She told The New York Times, “It was so full-on: insane, scary, and unpleasant.” “It was quite difficult for me when things were awful. “I couldn’t handle it.”
“Prince Harry is concerned for Ms. Markle’s safety and is profoundly sorry that he has not been able to safeguard her,” said Harry’s statement, which was penned by his communications secretary, Jason Knauf. Ms. Markle should not be subjected to such a tempest just a few months into her relationship with him.
“He knows the pundits will say it’s ‘the price she has to pay’ and ‘it’s all part of the game.'” He is adamantly opposed. This isn’t a game; it’s her and his life.
“He has requested that this statement be released in the hopes that those in the press who have been driving this narrative can take a breather and reflect before any more harm is done.” He recognizes that making a public statement like this is unusual, but he believes that fair-minded people will understand why he felt compelled to do so.”