Prince Harry’s British Tabloid Lawsuit is Not Just About Protecting Meghan Markle

Prince Harry recently announced that he is suing various tabloids for publishing private letters and accessing private voicemails of Meghan Markle’s. The lawsuits are the first time Harry has truly spoken out about his thoughts on the negative press that surrounds his wife. Though he’s focused on protecting Meghan, he has shown that these lawsuits are also about someone other than her.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Meghan has been at the center of a media storm since she married Harry

Meghan and Harry started dating in 2016, and the prince did his best to keep his relationship with her as private as possible. But it wasn’t long before the press started doing their best to dig into Meghan’s past. And by the time the two got engaged, news unfolded about Meghan’s troubles with her family. She had difficulty keeping the press at bay as they dug up everything they could about the former actress. Once Harry and Meghan wed, rumors started that she and Kate Middleton were in a feud and that Meghan was rude to the royal staff. It seemed no matter how hard she tried to prove herself, the negative media attention kept bringing her down.

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Harry recently released a statement that he is suing a British tabloid — then added two others to the list

British tabloid Mail on Sunday published a personal letter than Meghan had written to her father, Thomas Markle, around the time of her wedding to Harry in May 2018. And after more than a year of alleged bullying toward Meghan on the tabloid’s behalf, Harry had decided he’d had enough. The Duke of Sussex filed a lawsuit against the tabloid for publishing a letter Meghan had written to her father a little more than a year ago. He also accused the tabloid of editing sentences and words to make the letter appear to read something it did not. “We have continued to put on a brave face… I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been,” Harry wrote in a statement. A few days after the initial lawsuit news broke, Harry added two more tabloids to the list: Mirror and the Sun.

Harry is thinking of his mother while protecting his wife

Though the lawsuits are primarily to protect his wife, Meghan, who has endured constant bullying from the media since before she married into the royal family, he has another woman on his mind through the process: His late mother, Princess Diana. “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,” the statement read. Harry told Newsweek in 2017 that he was a mess after his mother’s death; he still carries the weight of losing her today. And his mother was hounded by the press the same way his wife now is. Yes, he’s doing this for Meghan, but he’s also doing it or Diana, who was never protected in the same way.

Some believe the press are partially responsible for Diana’s tragic 1997 death

When Diana died in a car accident in 1997, there was a lot of speculation that the paparazzi had something to do with it. Diana’s driver, Henri Paul, was reportedly trying to outrun the press when the car crashed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in France. Diana was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later, and there has always been an idea that the media was partially responsible for the accident. Diana’s driver was found to have been under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash, too. Her death has always weighed on Harry, and he’s out to make sure his wife does not suffer from the media in the same way his mother did.