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The Royal Family Deletes Prince Harry’s Powerful Statement About Meghan Markle from the Official Website

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If you’ve been on the official royal website as of late, then you’ve probably noticed some significant changes to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s joint profile page on the Royal family’s website. Most notably, the site has removed Prince Harry’s powerful 2016 statement, where the royal spare confirms his relationship with his then-girlfriend Meghan Markle and defended her from racist comments on social media and by multiple media outlets.

After tying the knot in 2018 and then stepping down as senior members of the royal family in 2020, the statement has remained on the website ever since it was first published. But, as Newsweek initially reported, internet archival service Wayback Machine shows the link as part of the page until mid-December 2023.

While it's absent from the profile page, per E! News, the statement can still be accessed through the royal domain’s search engine. (Note: The royal family has not explained why the sudden change was made to the Sussex page on the website. Newsweek also noted that in early 2024, the profile page itself was trimmed from roughly 4,000 words to 577, though the link to the statement seems to have been removed before these edits were made.)

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For background, after Prince Harry’s relationship with the Suits actress became public, Kensington Communications Secretary Jason Knauf—who represented the duke, in addition to his older brother, Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton—released a rare statement that condemned “wave of abuse and harassment” directed at Markle during that time.

The statement (released on November 8, 2016) read: “His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public—the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”

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It continued, “Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her," he continued. "It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that 'this is all part of the game.' He strongly disagrees. This is not a game—it is her life and his."


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Karelle McKay is the Assistant Editor of News and Entertainment at PureWow. Before she started writing about all things pop culture, she was a literal couch potato who loved...