For the past few weeks, rumors that Prince Harry is dating Meghan Markle have been circulating online.
Markle is an actress on Suits, a USA Network legal drama that your unemployed roommate has seen every episode of four times.
Prior to her royal romance, Markle was a virtual unknown, but now she's been shoved into the international spotlight in a major way.
Naturally, not all of the attention has been positive.
Markle has been subjected to rumors that she's using Harry for fame; her family has been intensely scrutinized; and she's been the target of the most despicable sort of racist and misogynistic attacks.
In a letter issued through a Kensington Palace spokesperson today, Harry condemned the attacks against Markle and issued a public plea for common decency:
“The past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment,” the open letter says.
“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.”
The letter goes on to say that Harry often fears for Meghan's safety, and he “is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.”
As for the claims that Markle knew what she was getting into, or somehow "deserves" all the negative attention she's been receiving, Markle ain't tryin' to hear that sh-t:
“It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,” the statement reads.
“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.”
Harry's words are important not only in that they'll hopefully remind the public that Meghan is a human being who doesn't deserve to be berated by strangers simply because she's romantically involved with a figure of international interest.
But as a gossip site, we wouldn't be doing out jobs if we didn't point out that this is also the first time that Harry has publicly acknowledged his relationship with Meghan.
Still no word on those rumors that Harry and Meghan are engaged, but let's all make a point to focus on shoving them down the aisle rather than spewing vitriol at their relationship.
We're all about taking way too much interest in the lives of celebrities (It's kind of our thing.), but no one, regardless of how many Twitter followers they have, deserves to be a target of blind hatred.