Prince Harry Shoots to Top of ‘Favorite Royal’ Charts After Blistering Attack on the Racists Harassing His Girlfriend
The royals are generally not the most forthcoming or emotional people. In general they just smile, wave, and look presentable at public events and sometimes ride horses. Last week, however, Prince Harry shot himself to the top of the world’s “favorite royal” charts when he broke form and delivered a blistering public shaming of all the “fans” who had been hurling racist abuse at his girlfriend, Suits actress Meghan Markle, after rumor first linked the two romantically.
Markle is a 35-year-old American actress from California, and she lives in Canada where she stars on the USA show,Â Suits. Her father is white and her mother is African-American, and Markle has written about her experiences as a biracial woman for Elle magazine.
Anyone dating Prince Harry was going to get a lot of attention from the media and Harry’s fans and all the people who kinda thought it’d be nice to marry him and get to be a princess, but it sounds like it’s been a lot worse for Markle than it was for Harry’s previous girlfriends like Cressida Bonas or Chelsy Davy. A lot of the abuse has been downright racist. (The Daily MailÂ in particular seemed to quietly lose its shit over the fact that Markle’s mother wears her hair in dreadlocks.)
Prince Harry was livid. They hadn’t even officially announced that they were dating, and reporters were reportedly trying to break into Markle’s home, harassing her mother in the streets, and Internet trolls were hurling hideous racial abuse at her and her family on Instagram and Twitter. On Monday, Prince Harry released an official statement from Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace has issued a statement this morning about the harassment currently being experienced by Meghan Markle and her family. pic.twitter.com/EuFZ4fmUIj
â€” Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 8, 2016
This sort of letter is unusual and uncharacteristically blunt, but it is cool to see a famous dude actually say something when his girlfriend is subject to racist harassment from media and the Internet.
“The past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfirend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of htat has been very public–the smear on the frotn 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. … 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 Â a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commenters 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.”
The entire Internet is collectively swooning over the visual of a furious Prince Harry shouting, “HER LIFE IS NOT A GAME!” Preferably in the rain. In one of those Mr. Darcy shirts.
Good for Prince Harry. Too many people stay quiet and polite in the face of racism and sexism in an attempt to avoid rocking the boat or creating drama when they don’t absolutely have to, but racism and bullying deserve to be called out.
It’s a new relationship, but now a lot of people are hoping they get married, and then have a whole bunch of little multiracial princes and princesses, and anybody who doesn’t like it can go to the Tower. (Or just STFU. That works too.)