The royals, who are currently still on tour in southern Africa, announced the news in a lengthy statement on Tuesday, accusing The Mail on Sunday - and other tabloids - of launching a “ruthless campaign” to vilify the duchess.
The final straw
Despite the press’ mounting criticism of the duchess over the past year, it was the paper’s publishing of a handwritten letter from the royal to her estranged father, Thomas Markle which inspired the legal action.
In the note, dated August 2018, Meghan accuses her father of “turning a blind eye to the pain” he caused by speaking to the media.
But now, the rare royal defence has seen the pair’s famous friends lend their support, with Ellen DeGeneres and Jameela Jamil among those hailing the new parents for taking action
“I’m proud to call Meghan and Harry friends, and I’m even more proud of them for finally saying enough is enough,” Ellen, who first met the couple in August, wrote on Twitter.
“FORK YEAH HARRY,” Jameela chimed in, one month after she appeared on the cover of Meghan’s edit of September’s British Vogue.
I’m proud to call Meghan and Harry friends, and I’m even more proud of them for finally saying enough is enough. https://t.co/HWy4FQ0oLr— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 1, 2019
But despite the high profile praise, not everyone was impressed.
Piers claps back
British talk show host Piers Morgan took to Twitter to call the couple’s statement “disingenuous” and “savage,” while one of his followers blasted them as “a pair of weak narcissists.”
Other commenters accused Prince Harry of “using the Diana card” and claimed he and Meghan should become private citizens if they objected to the pitfalls of royal life.
I've never read a more savage attack on the press than this one by Harry/Meghan.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 1, 2019
Nor a more disingenuous one.
They've had the praise & criticism their behaviour has warranted.
They talk of bullying but this is their attempt to bully the press into fawning sycophancy.
The couple’s legal action came in a statement which saw the prince blasted the “relentless propaganda” surrounding media coverage of Meghan.
“My wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences — a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son,” Prince Harry claimed.
He went on to express his fear of “history repeating itself” in regard to media intrusion, citing his late mother, Princess Diana and her often-tumultuous relationship with the press.
Additional reporting by Erin Donnelly.
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