Prince Harry issued a statement saying he fears his "wife falling victim to the same powerful forces" that plagued his mother, Princess Diana.
No stranger to the vicious criticisms of the British tabloids, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex is finally pushing back against the “relentless propaganda.”
In a statement released Tuesday, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex announced he has begun legal action against Associated Newspapers, the parent company of the Mail on Sunday.
The royal couple claims the tabloid unlawfully published one Meghan Markle’s private letters to her estranged father.
“In addition to their unlawful publication of this private document, 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,” Prince Harry wrote.
I’m proud to call Meghan and Harry friends, and I’m even more proud of them for finally saying enough is enough. https://t.co/HWy4FQ0oLr
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 1, 2019
Most disturbing was the comparison Prince Harry drew between the bullying his wife continues to face and the past mistreatment of his mother, Princess Diana.
“There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives.
“Because my deepest fear is history repeating itself,” he reveals.
Princess Diana holds a young Prince Harry.
“I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised 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.”
On behalf of the Duchess, Schillings law firm filed a High Court claim against the paper and its parent company over the alleged misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.
“Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level,” Prince Harry continues.
“We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this.”
— ABC News (@ABC) September 25, 2019
The couple is nearing the end of their 10-day tour across southern Africa, during which Meghan Markle was hailed as an inspiration to black women by the Vice-Chancellor of one of South Africa’s top universities.
“The positive coverage of the past week from these same publications exposes the double standards of this specific press pack that has vilified her almost daily for the past nine months,” Harry explains.
“She is the same woman she was a year ago on our wedding day, just as she is the same woman you’ve seen on this Africa tour.”
When a woman gives an impassioned speech on the importance of equality in education and you're commenting on her use of note cards and outfit changes, you only bolster her argument.
— Anne Boleyn (@TudorChick1501) October 1, 2019
The last major royal lawsuit over the publication of private material occurred in 2012 when Prince William and Kate Middleton sued French publication Closer after it disseminated topless photos taken on vacation.
It ended in a settlement of €100,000 in damages.