Something monumental happened in royal history: In an
unprecedented move, Kensington
Palace released a statement that not only addressed the reported harassment
that Meghan Markle has been facing but confirmed that the actress is,
in fact, Prince Harry’s girlfriend. But the statement left a number of royal
fans confused: What
happened to Meghan Markle that prompted such a clear dressing down from the
palace? It turns out that the decision came in response to an
onslaught of racist and sexist outrages against the actress.
The statement itself outlined a number of reported slights that have been enacted against Markle, an actress currently living in Toronto and starring in Suits. In addition to her physical well-being being reportedly threatened by photographers trying to break into her home, the statement also claims that a number of reporters have been attempting to bribe her ex-boyfriend to reveal personal information about the actress. The alleged threats to her emotional and physical safety are completely unacceptable and downright illegal, so I commend the palace for speaking out so clearly about this issue.
The article that followed was a
piece on the fact that Markle’s mother lives in Crenshaw, but numerous outlets such as CNN and The Daily Beast have pointed to the headline and the paper as a potential cause of the official statement.
Given the public nature of the royal family, it’s
understandable that people would be interested in their love lives. However, I agree
with the royal family on this: The headlines, the reported threats to Markle’s safety,
and the alleged illegal tactics employed to gain more information about
Markle’s personal life crosses so far over the line of what is acceptable that
a strong response is necessary. I’m just relieved that the palace has broken
with tradition in this case to stand up for what is right.