Prince Harry condemns press 'abuse' of girlfriend


Blackleaf
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Prince Harry has confirmed US actress Meghan Markle is his girlfriend, in a statement from Kensington Palace attacking the media for subjecting her to a "wave of abuse and harassment".

The statement said the couple were "a few months into a relationship" and it was "not right" that Ms Markle should be subjected to such treatment.

It said the prince rarely took formal action over "fictional stories".

"But the past week has seen a line crossed," it added.

Prince Harry condemns press 'abuse' of girlfriend


BBC News
8 November 2016



Prince Harry has confirmed US actress Meghan Markle is his girlfriend, in a statement from Kensington Palace attacking the media for subjecting her to a "wave of abuse and harassment".

The statement (external - login to view)said the couple were "a few months into a relationship" and it was "not right" that Ms Markle should be subjected to such treatment.

It said the prince rarely took formal action over "fictional stories".

"But the past week has seen a line crossed," it added.

In recent days a number of newspapers have carried front page stories about the 35-year-old actress, best known for playing Rachel Zane in the TV drama Suits.

'Substantial bribes'

The statement issued by the prince's communications secretary said: "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 the 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."


Meghan Markle's other acting credits include the 2011 film Horrible Bosses

The 32-year-old prince has long had an uneasy relationship with the press, having grown up aware of the impact that intense media intrusion had on the life of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

When he was 20, he was caught up in a scuffle with a paparazzi photographer outside a London nightclub.

In 2012, naked photographs of him in a Las Vegas hotel room were published online and on newspaper front pages, prompting a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission.

But he has also attracted positive coverage of his charitable interests and military service.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said editors in the UK might abide by the prince's requests but it was unlikely to have an impact on foreign publishers as there was a considerable financial interest in pursuing stories about the relationship.

Our correspondent said the statement appeared to be a "cry from the heart" and showed how clearly Prince Harry was determined to protect this relationship after previous girlfriends had endured similar media attention.

In 2014, the Press Complaints Commission became involved again when Prince Harry and his then girlfriend Cressida Bonas complained the paper had published two photographs of them at the Royal Albert Hall that intruded into their privacy.

'Statement unprecedented'

The statement said Prince Harry was worried about Ms Markle's safety and that he "is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her".

It added: "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."

The statement ended with Prince Harry appealing for "those in the press who have been driving this story [to] pause and reflect before any further damage is done".

Camilla Tominey, the royal editor of the Daily Express, said Prince Harry's statement was "unprecedented" and appeared to have been as much prompted by coverage on the internet as in the press.

"There is Fleet Street and then there is the internet," she told the BBC.

"There are no editors to be held accountable, they publish what they like and you get commentary, not just from journalists but from members of the public laying into this girl, writing some hateful stuff."

Analysis



By Peter Hunt, BBC royal correspondent



This is a crie de couer from a prince whose view of the media was formed after his mother died in a car crash as paparazzi photographers were pursuing her.

Prince Harry has long argued that the line between his public and his personal life has become almost non-existent.

The fifth in line to the throne is now using the media he at times despises to focus on what he says is the plight of his current girlfriend.

It's a path followed in the past by his brother when Kate Middleton (as she was then) was the subject of intense interest.

But Prince William's appeals were never quite so passionate or quite so detailed.

And in going public, Prince Harry has confirmed his relationship of a few months with Meghan Markle.

There'll be those in Buckingham Palace who'll appreciate his pain, but who'll question the wisdom of issuing this statement.

Prince Harry is appealing to the better judgement of newspaper editors and their readers.

Will they listen?

Will we listen?


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Remington1
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I hate paparazzi.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Remington1View Post

I hate paparazzi.

They killed Harry's mother, of course.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

They killed Harry's mother, of course.

I thought that was the Bremainers.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

I thought that was the Bremainers.

That's because you're as thick as six short planks lashed to another set of six short planks.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

That's because you're as thick as six short planks lashed to another set of six short planks.

Oh dear. You thought that was cutting and funny.
 
Cannuck
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What constitutes Brittish humour amazes me sometimes
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

What constitutes Brittish humour amazes me sometimes

We've got the greatest comedians and the greatest sitcoms in the world.

Blackadder. Only Fools and Horses. Monty Python's Flying Circus. Keeping Up Appearances. Dad's Army. Red Dwarf. Steptoe and Son. The Office. The Royle Family. Are You being Served? Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Porridge. Fawlty Towers. It Ain't Half Hot, Mum. One Foot in the Grave. The Young Ones. Absolutely Fabulous. Father Ted. Men Behaving Badly. George and Mildred. Gavin & Stacey. Extras. Goodnight Sweetheart. I'm Alan Partridge. The Inbetweeners. Peep Show. Phoenix Nights (set in my hometown, Bolton). Outnumbered. Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisp. Bottom. Till Death Do Us Part. On The Buses.

No other country can compare.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

They killed Harry's mother, of course.

No they didn't. Put down those rose coloured glasses and see reality for a change.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

No they didn't. Put down those rose coloured glasses and see reality for a change.

White or red?
 
lone wolf
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

We've got the greatest comedians and the greatest sitcoms in the world.

Blackadder. Only Fools and Horses. Monty Python's Flying Circus. Keeping Up Appearances. Dad's Army. Red Dwarf. Steptoe and Son. The Office. The Royle Family. Are You being Served? Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Porridge. Fawlty Towers. It Ain't Half Hot, Mum. One Foot in the Grave. The Young Ones. Absolutely Fabulous. Father Ted. Men Behaving Badly. George and Mildred. Gavin & Stacey. Extras. Goodnight Sweetheart. I'm Alan Partridge. The Inbetweeners. Peep Show. Phoenix Nights (set in my hometown, Bolton). Outnumbered. Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisp. Bottom. Till Death Do Us Part. On The Buses.

No other country can compare.

Don't sour pusses and dry humour attract the very sour dry folk you want the ditch to keep out??
 
TenPenny
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

They killed Harry's mother, of course.



I think it was a guy driving drunk that killed her.
 
lone wolf
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#13
Here come the dodge ... and I don't mean a Chrysler product
 
Murphy
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Barkingham Palace and 10 Drowning Street plotted Diana's death.

A secret report, published in 2015, revealed Diana's plans to sign with a US woman's undergarment manufacturer for a series of photo shoots of the princess in various stages of undress. Dodi Fayeed, Di's love interest at the time, had her sign for a two year campaign that would feature the princess posing in no more than a bra and panties.

The Princess Line of Bras and Underwear was to have hit the US market in 1998, an undisclosed source said. The music portion of the commercials was to be provided by Bobby Vinton, 1960s music heartthrob. This was supposed to be the first track from the commercial.



wwwyoutubecomwatchvtfnBxbDz77U

Last edited by Murphy; Nov 8th, 2016 at 09:58 AM..
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by TenPennyView Post

I think it was a guy driving drunk that killed her.

And the paparazzi.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

They killed Harry's mother, of course.

That's the official version. I think Prince Chuck had a hand in it given until she was dead he could not marry his horse-in-waiting.
 
Murphy
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Yes, with the palace laundry staff doing the dirty work. You never suspect the fat, sweaty ones.

 
Cannuck
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I always thought the FBI was behind Diana's death those ****ers are behind everything.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

I always thought the FBI was behind Diana's death those ****ers are behind everything.

Some Remain politician will probably be on telly later blaming her death on Brexit.
 
tay
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Sooooo, she's black.........?


 
Murphy
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Yes, it's another plot that's been hatched by the Palace laundry staff. These people are haters.

 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

Sooooo, she's black.........?

Rachel who?

She should be grateful for the British. If it wasn't for the British she'd be in shackles and picking cotton somewhere at the end of a whip rather than writing useless tripe on the internet.
 
lone wolf
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Now you're reverting to the ridiculous troll
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

Now you're reverting to the ridiculous troll

Just now?
 
lone wolf
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Just now?

First time this hour
 
Murphy
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

Now you're reverting to the ridiculous troll

He has always been a troll. That post was demonstrative of the fact. It was also a microcosm of why the sun has set on the British empire.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Rachel who?

She should be grateful for the British. If it wasn't for the British she'd be in shackles and picking cotton somewhere at the end of a whip rather than writing useless tripe on the internet.

Troll? Rachel was the one who was trolling.

"Meghan Markal should dump Prince Harry", the dopey mare says.

What the bleedin' hell has it got to do with her?
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

What the bleedin' hell has it got to do with her?

As much as it has to do with you.
 
Murphy
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BL is a troll.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

As much as it has to do with you.

Going online and pleeding with a person to dump their partner is surely some sort of harassment and a disgraceful invasion of privacy into people's private lives.

What the hell has it got to do with that Rachel woman who Meghan and Harry date? It's got sod all to do with her.
 
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