Prince Harry just confirmed he’s dating Meghan Markle by defending her from sexist, racist comments

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:

"But the past week has seen a line crossed. 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. Some of it has been hidden from the public — the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life."

"Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. 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.

Right on, Harry. The statement continues:

"He has asked for this statement to be issued in the hopes that those in the press who have been driving this story can pause and reflect before any further damage is done. He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly."

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.

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