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It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that whoever Prince Harry ended up dating would be scrutinized pretty thoroughly by both the press and the public — after all, he’s the member of the British Royal Family that we all wanted to date.

But Meghan Markle, the woman who is actually dating Prince Harry, has been subject to a whole other level of toxic abuse from strangers — and a lot of it is coming from the fact that she’s biracial.

Best known for her roles on “Suits” and “Fringe,” the actor and Prince Harry have been in a relationship since June of this year. But since news of the pairing began to circulate last week, Markle and her mixed-race family (her father is white and her mother is Black) have been pushed into the limelight in a way that’s negatively affected their lives.

And Prince Harry is not having it.

The above statement today issued by Kensington Palace declares that although Harry knows he’s a public figure and usually ignores gossip about his personal life, “a line has been crossed” where his girlfriend is concerned.

“His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment,” the statement reads. “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."

Of course, racists jerks on Twitter are one thing, but there’s also been plenty of harassment from members of the press behind the scenes. In particular, the statement cites legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers, as well as intrusive and often illegal actions from photographers and reporters, who have accosted Markle's friends and family and even attempted to gain entry into her home.

The statement concludes that Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety, and hopes that addressing the press directly will cause them to reflect on their actions.

“It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,” it says. “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.”

Unfortunately, Markle is now a public figure herself, and harassing tweets and comments are not going to go away anytime soon. But at the very least, maybe reporters at sites like the Daily Mail will think twice before they bombard Markle’s mother with questions about what it will be like if she becomes the first royal family member of color, right?