As Meghan Markle deals with multiple reports in the media that invade her privacy, the Prince remembers watching his mother dodge cameramen who hounded her like a "pack of dogs" and is worried of "history repeating itself."
As a young boy, he helplessly watched as paparazzi ruthlessly followed his mother and turn Lady Diana's life into a news commodity that can be monetized. The People's Princess could never escape the numerous cameras that followed her every move. Now, years later, Prince Harry refuses to stand by as the same happens to the woman he loves, his wife.
In a statement released by the Duke of Sussex, he said, "Unfortunately, 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."
The "relentless propaganda" also saw the unlawful publication of a private, handwritten letter that Meghan Markle had addressed to her estranged father. And for this, the Duchess of Sussex proceeded to take legal action against the 'Mail on Sunday', which published her personal letter, as reported by BBC.
Prince Harry can't bear seeing his wife suffer under the scrutiny of harsh media headlines. Especially because he has seen what it can do to someone he loves in the long run. "...My deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person," he said. "I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."
Previously, he opened up in BBC documentary, Diana, 7 Days, about how the paparazzi would be right on his mother's tail when she stepped out of the house. "About every single time she went out there'd be a pack of people waiting for her," he said, as quoted by Independent.
"And I mean a pack, like a pack of dogs, followed her, chased her, harassed her, called her names, spat at her, tried to get a reaction to get that photograph of her lashing out, get her upset."
As a little boy himself, all that Prince Harry could do at the time was helplessly watch. He said, "The damage for me was being a little boy aged eight, nine, 10, whatever it was, wanting to protect your mother and finding it very difficult seeing her very upset."
Decades later, he is now supporting his wife and the mother of his child as she takes action against the publication that misused her private information.
The Duke touched upon how difficult life has become with the media chasing after their personal life. He said, "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 media keeping a close eye on Meghan Markle isn't something that began recently. Back in 2016, when reports started emerging of their relationship, a statement from Kensington Palace was released, touching upon how his girlfriend "has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment", according to The Guardian.
"Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her," said the statement, dated 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. He knows commentators will say this is 'the price she has to pay' and that 'this is all part of the game'. He strong disagrees. This is not a game - it is her life and his."
Prince Harry also mentioned how the unsympathetic behavior of the media "destroys people and destroys lives". He added, "I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in."