Prince Harry Defending Meghan Markle Is Strikingly Similar to William's Defense of Princess Diana
Prince Harry recently released an official statement that defended his wife, Meghan Markle, from the unjust tabloids that exploited her in a similar way his late mother, Princess Diana, was commoditized.
It is human nature to rush to the side and defend the people you love from those who fabricate stories or tell half-truths for personal gain, which is why it is no surprise that Prince Harry did something similar to that of his brother 19 years ago.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during their South Africa tour. | Source: Getty Images
Harry recently released an official statement that defended his wife, Meghan Markle, from British tabloids who monetized on half-told stories and edited comments from the duchess.
His statement was similar to that of his brother's criticism of the press in 2000, when their late mother, Princess Diana, was being exploited on, specifically after the controversial publication, "Shadows of a Princess" came out.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles in Italy. | Source: Getty Images
Prince William spoke of his late mother and the book that her royals most senior aide, Patrick Jephson wrote. He said:
"Of course, Harry and I are both quite upset about it, that our mother's trust has been betrayed and that even now she is still being exploited. But I don't really want to say any more than that."
Princess Diana carries Prince Harry in Spain. | Source: Getty Images
Similarly, Harry touched on the issue of exploitation and creating an inaccurate image of his wife, as the press did with Diana. He further mentioned his mother toward the end of his statement:
"My deepest fear is history repeating itself. I've seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Buckingham Palace balcony. | Source: Getty Images
Harry and Markle spent the past week on an African tour, where they met with different natives.
Harry's defense revealed the British tabloid that victimized Markle and their decision not to take the issue lightly and file charges against the company. He said:
"Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son."
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and baby Archie at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. | Source: Getty Images
The statement confirmed the legal action that will be personally financed by the couple would be taken against the Mail and its parent company Associated Press. Harry added in his statement:
"There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have 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."
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the Auwal Mosque, South Africa. | Source: Getty Images
Markle has been living under a microscope since her relationship with Harry became public -- even more than she was a celebrity in Hollywood. Since then, she has faced countless criticisms globally.
However, in the face of difficulty, the couple only grows closer and stronger. A source told PEOPLE, "they definitely lean on each other during challenging times."
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry talk to members of OneWave in Australia. | Source: Getty Images
The source added:
"They are a unit. She's just focusing on what she and Harry are trying to accomplish and not be distracted."
Harry and Markle spent the past week on an African tour, where they met with different natives. Their trip also marked the first international outing of their son, Archie.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games. | Source: Getty Images
Markle met with different female leaders during the trip and talked about the importance of motherhood and women empowerment, especially nowadays.
The royal received positive feedback from those she was with who said they didn't feel like they were talking to royalty but just to a regular person whom they can relate to.