The tabloids latched onto the budding romance and began posting speculation and rumors about the pair. Press intrusion is nothing new for the royal family, but Harry was furious about how it was affecting Markle. Eventually, he and the palace released a statement which confirmed the relationship and urged the newspapers to leave Markle alone.
“Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her,” read the statement, which was released on November 8, 2016. “It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.” It was very rare for a member of the royal family to release such an announcement.