Prince Harry On Meghan Markle’s Tabloid Bullying: ‘I Cannot Begin to Describe How Painful It Has Been’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been through the ringer when it comes to tabloid media. But Meghan has taken the brunt of the negative press. However, Harry has stood by her side through it all, and though the two have kept brave faces, the negative media attention has affected them more than they were willing to admit. Now, Meghan is suing British tabloid Mail on Sunday — and Harry has finally spoken out about the damage the press has caused.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Meghan has been at the center of a media storm

Ever since Meghan married into the royal family, she has not been able to escape the negative press that surrounds her name. When the two were planning their wedding, it was learned that Meghan’s father would not attend, and there were countless news articles diving into her personal relationship with him. While it is the media’s job to report on factual information, some of the British tabloids are suspected of having made up rumors and stories about the duchess. During Meghan’s pregnancy, there were distasteful stories published about her as well, but they were all unconfirmed, since Meghan was mostly out of the spotlight during her pregnancy.  

The duchess is suing Mail on Sunday over a published letter

British Tabloid Mail on Sunday recently published one of Meghan’s private letters, and now, she and Harry have finally had enough. Meghan has begun legal action against the tabloid for publishing the private letter. The letter was written from Meghan to her father, Thomas Markle, shortly after she married Harry back in 2018. But Harry and Meghan suggest the letter was edited to read differently than what was actually written. “… They purposely misled you by strategically omitting select paragraphs, specific sentences, and even singular words to mask the lies they had perpetuated for over a year,” Harry announced in a statement.

Harry has said he ‘cannot begin to describe’ the pain from the negative media

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This morning, The Duchess of Sussex went back to college!  Joining students and educators at The University of Johannesburg The Duchess was able to announce a new series of gender grants from the Association of Commonwealth Universities, of which she is patron. She was also able to announce four new scholarships to help students study in different commonwealth countries, allowing cross cultural understanding and an opportunity to deepen their educational studies abroad. One of the recipients of these grants shared his story of growing up on farmland in Kenya, where he paid for his education trading vegetables to cover schooling costs (cauliflower leaves to be exact!) He is now doing a research study on carcinogens in his country, its link to cancer – his work is helping to change practices and to save lives. The Duchess was so moved by the work being done across the education sector and to talk with such like-minded thinkers about the importance of access to education and the support needed internally. When the round table discussion this morning moved to the challenges faced in this sector and how daunting it can all seem, The Duchess said, “Sometimes access to education can seem so big, you wonder where to even begin? So you begin with one student, or one school, you simply begin. And that’s when we see change.” She continued by referencing a Martin Luther King Jr quote: “Take the first step… you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Since @the_acu_official Gender Grants were launch in 2016, 28 universities in 17 countries have benefited with a minimum of 600 beneficiaries participating in workshops supported by the grants. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ PA images

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Meghan Markle has been working hard to build her reputation.

The media attacking Harry’s wife hits hard for him — his mother, Princess Diana, was subject to the same scrutiny. She was constantly followed by the press, and some feel the media played a role in her tragic death. Now, Harry is dealing with the same thing with his wife. “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.” He also discussed the hurt and pain that all the rumors have caused for him and Meghan. “We have continued to put on a brave face… I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.”

The couple have been subject to many rumors over the past year

Harry and Meghan have had a difficult time acclimating to royal life as a couple, since the tabloids have never kept them out of the news. There have been rumors that Meghan is unkind to her staff — even rumors that she has yelled at Kate Middleton’s staff. There have also been stories about a massive feud between the women, though just because they aren’t best friends does not mean they are in a feud. It seems the duchess can’t escape the criticism, and both she and Harry are at their wits end with it. It’s unclear how the lawsuit will pan out.