Last week, I said I wouldn't write about Meghan Markle until it was official. I had no idea that it would become "official" so soon! This morning, Kensington Palace issued a statement on behalf of Prince Harry of Wales in which he refers to her as "girlfriend" and himself as her "boyfriend." This is an extraordinary statement--Harry even acknowledges that it is "unusual." It is clear from the statement that the last 10 days of public and media speculation have taken a toll on both of them and especially on her. In the release, which you can read in its entirety at the end of this post, Harry describes specific incidents of harassment, intrusion and racism that Meghan has endured since the story broke. He also notes that many people in her life, including her mother, ex-boyfriend and other friends and co-workers have also been negatively impacted.
For a young man who feels that the media hounded his beloved mother, Princess Diana, to death when he was just a child, this situation must be completely unbearable. That memory is likely never far from his mind. It resonates in the statement, which says, "This is not a game - it is her life and his." He indicates that he has tried to be a good sport and to maintain good relations with the press throughout his life, but he is clearly upset. It must be distressing to him to be so far away. As he states blankly, he cannot "protect her." I can only imagine the strain that this would put on any young romance. If they were physically closer together, perhaps they could huddle together for strength and comfort, but to be on two different continents must make everything more challenging.
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So, dear readers, I ask you that you refrain from consuming information about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. As fascinated as we all are, I know that it is hard to pass up the magazines and web stories and to refrain from social media commentary -- I have tried to limit myself to no more than one comment a day and even that is usually about showing respect and restraint or avoiding speculation about the romance.
Once again, I will not blog about this relationship until there is another official statement. Let's give the couple space to live their lives and explore their relationship without all of us adding our opinions.
In the meantime, please enjoy my Frequently Asked Questions about Harry's future wife, if you missed it.
P.S. The photos used on this post were all taken prior to speculation about Meghan's romance with the prince due to her role as a public person and celebrity in the entertainment business.
Here is the full text of Prince Harry's statement: