Senior Aides Allegedly Warned Prince Harry Against His Emotionally Charged Statement Defending Meghan Markle

According to The Times, Harry also wrote the statement - an attack on the tabloids - entirely himself.

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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Prince Harry{ =nofollow}shocked the world earlier this week when he made an emotionally charged statement about the treatment by the press of his wife, Meghan. However, it’s now been revealed – in The Times – that the rebuttal wasn’t welcomed by some of Harry’s most senior aides.

The paper reports that the Prince wrote the statement entirely himself, without the help of anyone on his team, including Sara Latham, the couple’s communications secretary and Samantha Cohen, their private secretary. They add that ‘royal aides were visibly embarrassed’ yesterday following the fallout.

Harry’s statement was issued as it was revealed that the duchess is taking legal action against The Mail on Sunday for publishing a letter to her father. The Times reports that the release date of the statement was decided by the filing of the case at the High Court. The release of the statement meant overshadowing the last day of the couple’s royal tour.

In the statement, Prince Harry speaks about how painful the experience of being written about negatively has been: '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.'

The most emotionally charged section of the statement comes when Harry seemingly likens the treatment of Meghan by the press to the treatment of his late mother, Princess Diana{ =nofollow}.

'There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives,’ he writes. ‘Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level. We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this.’

A legal spokesperson for Schillings, the Lae firms that currently represent The Duchess, said: 'We have initiated legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday, and its parent company Associated Newspapers, over the intrusive and unlawful publication of a private letter written by the Duchess of Sussex, which is part of a campaign by this media group to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her, as well as her husband. Given the refusal of Associated Newspapers to resolve this issue satisfactorily, we have issued proceedings to redress this breach of privacy, infringement of copyright and the aforementioned media agenda'.

As for the costs associated with the lawsuit, the statement says, ‘the case is being privately funded by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Pending a Court ruling, proceeds from any damages will be donated to an anti-bullying charity.'

Take a look at some of the outfits Meghan Markle wore on the South Africa tour below.


Meghan Markle Africa Royal Tour Outfits - Grazia

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House of Nonie Trench Dress

Meghan recycled this gorgeous dress, for a meeting with Graça Machel, the widow of Nelson Mandela. The last time Meghan wore it, she visited London's Southbank Centre with Harry, where they looked at a display honoring the former president on what would have been his 100th birthday.

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Co Belted Midi Shirt Dress

Meghan keeps it chic for her last day on the tour in this gorgeous belted shirt dress! The Duchess was visiting the Youth Employment Services (also known as the Yes organization) in Johannesburg, which is dedicated to creating new work opportunities in the area.

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Room 502 Imperial Cotton Shirt Dress

For a visit to Action Aid on October 1, Meghan wore a cotton dress by sustainable brand Room 502, which... you guessed it, is now sold out!

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Banana Republic Double-Breasted Trench Dress

Meghan started the day in a Banana Republic Double-Breasted trench in khaki, which is now sold out in that colour and a pair of Stuart Weitzman shoes.

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Aritzia Wilfred Shirt Dress

For a visit to Victoria Yards in Johannesburg, Meghan wore a navy Wilfred Shirt Dress by Aritzia, and a pair of orange 'The Editor' slingbacks by Everlane, which are both still available to buy.

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Everlane Japanese Go Weave Essential Jumpsuit

Also on day three, Meghan wore a £100 Everlane jumpsuit, Manolo Blahnik BB pointy pumps in black and a pair of £174 GAS Bijoux Gormette Circle earrings.

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Club Monaco Dremah Silk Dress

Day three begins! And Meghan Markle starts the day with a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu wearing a Club Monaco Dremah silk dress, and in case you're wondering Baby Archie is wearing £12.99 dungarees from H&M.

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Martin Grant striped maxi dress

For an evening reception in Cape Town, Meghan Markle rewore a sold out Martin Grant striped maxi dress she wore on the previous royal tour, and a pair of Nina Bosch Flora Leaf earrings which are still available to buy for £400.

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STAUD Millie Dress

While visiting the Auwal Mosque in Cape Town, Meghan Markle wore a khaki STAUD dress which is available for pre-order, a cream headscarf and a pair of £85 'Sally Flats' by Sam Edelman

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Madewell Jean Jacket

For a visit to NGO Waves for Change at Monwabisi Beach, Meghan rewore a £113 Madewell jean jacket, J. Crew Perfect Shirt in Irish Linen which is now sold out, black jeans and a pair of Brother Vellies 'Hurraches' flats, which are £157

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Veronica Beard 'Cary' Dress

Keeping her £80 Castaner wedges on, Meghan changed into a dress she's also worn on the previous royal tour: the 'Cary' dress by US brand Veronica Beard, which is now sold out.

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Mayamiko Dalitso Maxi Wrap Dress

Starting off the tour in style, Meghan Markle wore a Dalitso Maxi Wrap Dress by Malawi-based brand Mayamiko, which is now sold out. And a pair of 'Carina' espadrilles from Castaner which she wore on the previous royal tour, which are £80 and still available to buy.

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