2015 NBC New York Summer Press Day
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If you’re going to let the public know you’re officially off the market, we’d say issuing a public statement defending the honor of your new bae is a pretty admirable way to go about it. According to People, not only did Prince Harry confirm he’s dating Meghan Markle, he also took time out to defend her against sexist, racist comments, proving what we’ve known all along: He’s a total fairytale prince charming IRL.

Swooning aside, let’s get back to this relationship confirmation. We’ve had an inkling that the prince and the Suits actress were dating for oh, about a week or so, but this official statement released by Prince Harry’s secretary removes all doubt and increases our admiration and respect for him by about a billionfold.

The statement begins by highlighting Harry’s appreciation for public support and admiration and his awareness of the privileged life he leads, which also involves a substantial interest in his private life. Then it goes on to address his relationship with Markle:

Right on, Harry. The statement continues:

Markle has yet to publicly address Harry’s statement, but given the sentiments of the prince’s words, that’s probably unlikely to happen. Regardless, we think they’re a great couple and wish them well in their relationship.