Meghan Markle Quietly Sends Another Message With Prince Harry’s Letter

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just made front-page news in a big way. The couple announced that they would be taking legal action against a tabloid in response to some of their published stories over the past year, and they accompanied the news with a sincere letter, penned by Prince Harry.

The same day that the news broke, the Duchess of Sussex was spotted wearing a very symbolic piece of jewelry. Duchess Meghan is no stranger to wearing heartfelt accessories, and this particular piece speaks volumes not only about Markle’s state of mind but provides a clue as to the specific message that she wishes to send to all of her naysayers.

Why are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry suing the ‘Mail on Sunday’?

Meghan Markle attends a reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship.
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The public was shocked when it was announced, on Tuesday, October 1st, that Markle and Prince Harry would be taking legal action against the England-based newspaper, Mail on Sunday. While the tabloids have waged a relentless war on Markle for well over a year, what finally drove the couple to take action against this specific newspaper was the fact that the paper had published a private letter that Markle wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, around the time of her wedding to Prince Harry.

The royals claimed that the letter was published in a way that deliberately sought to skew information, manipulating the readers of the paper by “omitting select paragraphs” and even certain sentences and words. All in all, the royal couple seems to believe the letter’s publication did a great deal to damage Markle’s credibility with the public and that it has directly caused a great deal of the persecution that she has experienced over the past year. 

Prince Harry’s heartfelt letter

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Last night, The Duke of Sussex attended a fundraising concert for Sentebale in the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace. @Sentebale was founded by The Duke of Sussex and Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso in 2006 to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV and AIDS in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi. The charity is one way in which both Princes’ are able to keep their mothers’ legacy alive. Sentebale means “Forget me not” in Sesotho. Last night’s concert featured singer-songwriter Rita Ora and spoken word poet George the Poet (George Mpanga), and many other talented artists. Thousands came together in a celebration of African and Western culture to help raise awareness of Sentebale’s work in supporting children and young people in southern Africa affected by HIV. In the last 20 years, attitudes have changed as more people understand that the HIV virus is no longer a death sentence, yet there is still far too much stigma, discrimination, and lack of education surrounding the illness. Many people are afraid to access life-saving treatment because they fear what others will think. Thousands of children in southern Africa are living in incredibly challenging circumstances. Sentebale’s programmes not only ensure their basic needs – love, security and an education – are being met, but also provides them with the educational and psychosocial support they deserve. Since it was founded @Sentebale has supported hundreds of thousands of young people through activities including monthly clubs at local healthcare facilities and week-long residential camps. Support from the concert goes to the children of Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi, to help free the next generation of HIV by not letting stigma thrive off silence. To learn more about @Sentebale, please visit www.sentebale.org

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The announcement of legal action against Mail on Sunday was accompanied by a letter from Prince Harry. The prince’s deeply personal letter isn’t the first time that he’s spoken out in defense of Markle. In fact, when they first started dating, he spoke up at the time to denounce the racist coverage of his new girlfriend.

This particular letter is even more serious, with Prince Harry drawing comparisons between the way the press hounded his late mother, Princess Diana, and the way that the tabloids now ruthlessly attack Markle. Prince Harry called Markle’s treatment by the press “unacceptable” and stated that he knows the legal action is the right course to take.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will need all their courage to tackle the Mail on Sunday since the newspaper has responded by stating that they “stand by” the story they published and deny editing or changing Markle’s letter in any way.

What does Meghan Markle’s new bracelet represent?

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While in Johannesburg today, The Duchess of Sussex visited Victoria Yards, which celebrates the power of community, bringing local artisans and “makers” together to rebuild, support and learn from each other on a holistic level. It was an exceptional afternoon where The Duchess had the chance to connect with the children and founders of the phenomenal programme for kids’ development Timbuktu in The Valley. She was also struck by the local denim designer who founded eponymous brand Tshepo who shared this info about the logo for his line: “The crown on my jeans represents the three ladies who raised me. Enjoy wearing this crown.” Such a beautiful and touching sentiment! Artists, artisans, sculptors, metal workers and carpenters are all part of the fabric of Victoria Yards, but it also utilizes the power of The DICE programme which supports several other local organisations in their work with marginalised youth and women. These include: 94 Colours (run by The Duchess’ guides for the day, Hector and Sibusiso), CDP (a development programme for young unemployed and marginalised women that provides training to start creative enterprises), Enke (rebuilds the confidence and self-belief of unemployed youth through training and practical experience), 26’10 South (an architecture firm designing a local youth centre) and ReimagiNation (works with local secondary school students to create a social and creative enterprising mindset). Stay tuned for more updates from this special afternoon… #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica

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In the midst of the drama, it is business as usual for Markle. On Tuesday, Markle stepped out to attend an important royal engagement, looking stunning in a green shirtdress and black pumps. She also debuted a bracelet that immediately drew everyone’s attention: the bracelet featured an evil eye symbol. The evil eye, contrary to its name, is an ages-old symbol that is said to protect the wearer from ill intention and harm.

Markle is no stranger to sending messages to the public with her jewelry choices, but this certainly seems strategically planned out to coincide with the couple’s big announcement. While Markle hasn’t spoken out as Prince Harry has, her choice of jewelry is probably as close to a public statement as she will make. She could also be emotionally preparing herself for the next few months, as she and Prince Harry fight the magazine and try to reclaim the narrative surrounding her.