Prince Harry Defends Meghan Markle as She Reportedly Hires PR Firm to Improve Her Image

Prince Harry is on the defense. Amid reports that Meghan Markle has hired a PR firm to repair her negative public image, the Duke of Sussex blasted British tabloids for the way they have treated his wife, revealing that Markle has been “suffering” in private for far too long. The statement comes on the heels of a major lawsuit between the couple and Associated Newspapers, which owns the Daily Mail.

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Prince Harry defends Meghan Markle

This week Prince Harry issued a scathing statement about how the tabloid press has treated Markle over the past few years. The Duke of Sussex blasted the tabloids for running a “ruthless campaign” without caring about potential consequences.

Prince Harry then explained how he and Markle always put on a good face in public, which often hides the pain they are experiencing behind closed doors.

“[We] continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been,” Prince Harry shared.

Markle has dealt with negative tabloid rumors ever since she started dating Prince Harry. Those rumors have grown more frequent following the birth of the couple’s first child, Archie, this past spring.

Prince Harry and Markle are currently on tour in South Africa. The couple has visited a number of different countries in the region and are expected to be back home this week.

Although the royal family usually avoids getting mixed up in the rumor mill, Prince Harry’s latest statement coincides with some legal action against one of the biggest tabloids in Britain.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sue the tabloids

In light of all the negative press surrounding Markle, Prince Harry is taking legal action against the Daily Mail and its parent company, Associated Newspapers.

According to People, the pair’s lawyer released a statement confirming that the royal family is suing Associated Newspapers for publishing a private letter that was written by Markle.

“Given the refusal of Associated Newspapers to resolve this issue satisfactorily, we have issued proceedings to redress this breach of privacy, infringement of copyright and the aforementioned media agenda,” the statement read.

Prince Harry noted that Markle has suffered in silence for the past year and that it is time to do something about it.

He also pointed out how they have received positive coverage throughout their tour of South Africa, which highlights the double standards by which many tabloids operate.

Prince Harry then criticized the papers taking shots at Markle when she was on maternity leave, a time when she was unable to step out in public to dispel some of the lies.

The royal family, of course, is used to making headlines wherever they go. They also have a history of dealing with the tabloids and paparazzi, something Prince Harry’s late mom, Princess Diana, fought until her tragic death.

In fact, Prince Harry mentioned Diana in his statement, telling fans that he does not want Markle to fall prey to the same forces in the media.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lean on each other

This, of course, is not the only time Prince Harry has defended Markle in public. Back in 2016, he issued a statement blasting the media for how they were talking about Markle.

Prince Harry criticized the press for saying sexist and racist things about Markle, a move that only briefly quieted the tabloids.

While the couple welcomed their first child this past spring, the negative headlines have taken a lot of joy out of their lives.

To help cope with the bad press, inside sources claim that they both “lean on each other” whenever they face hurdles.

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In Tembisa, Johannesburg, today The Duke and Duchess visited to meet young entrepreneurs at the YES hub – a hive for creativity and social enterprise. Their visit was an amazing tour of the ingenuity and opportunity – seeing businesses that varied from food to essential sanitary products for local women. During their visit, they were able to sample food from ‘Chef Mish’ – a local masterchef winner – which he makes at the site as part of his catering business and cafe. They then joined YES community members to take part in training and tests that will help them gain skills and find work. On the third stop today, entrepreneur Moss showed The Duke and Duchess the organic produce he's growing in the township with aquaponics – supplying local restaurants. And finally, The Duke and Duchess met the women behind the amazing Blossom Care Solutions – who are making 80,000 sanitary pads every month for women in their community. They are 100% compostable, and provide an essential low-cost product for women and girls. The Duchess has long campaigned on this issue and wrote in Time magazine in 2017, saying: “In communities all over the globe, young girls’ potential is being squandered because we are too shy to talk about the most natural thing in the world. To that I say: we need to push the conversation, mobilize policy making surrounding menstrual health initiatives, support organizations who foster girls’ education from the ground up, and within our own homes, we need to rise above our puritanical bashfulness when it comes to talking about menstruation.” • See our previous post to see The Dukes speech #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ PA images

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It is unclear what will come of the lawsuit, but it is good to see Prince Harry sticking up for Markle, even it is stepping outside of his comfort zone.

When it comes to the personal letters, the lawsuit did not highlight any one letter in particular. This past year, the Daily Mail has published several letters reportedly written by Markle to her dad, Thomas Markle.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex claim that the publication edited the letters to make them appear more scandalous. Publishers for the Daily Mail, however, say that the did not tweak the letters in any way that would change their meaning.

There is no telling if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will win their lawsuit, but we can hope that it will persuade the tabloids to give them some much-needed space.