On the royal family’s official website, a statement made by Prince Harry condemning the UK press for how it covered Meghan Markle has been deleted.

Days after the Duke of Sussex’s connection with Markle was public in November 2016, Harry allegedly received a dressing-down that enraged both his estranged father and brother.

Prince Harry

The strongly worded letter was posted on royal.uk, the monarchy’s official announcement and news release platform, for almost seven years. As Newsweek originally revealed on Friday, the connection is now broken, with estimates indicating that it was silently removed sometime in early December 2023.

Following a headline that said, “Harry’s girl is (almost) straight outta Compton: Gang-scarred home of her mother revealed — so will he be dropping by for tea?” the Daily Mail released the statement a few days later.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Harry’s communications secretary responded to the report by criticizing the media’s portrayal of the prince’s Los Angeles-based, multiracial ex-girlfriend. It was also the first time Harry had disclosed his connection to Markle in public.

The statement said, “A line has been crossed over the past week.” “Meghan Markle, his girlfriend, has experienced a lot of hatred and violence.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The defamation on a major newspaper’s front page, the racist overtones in comment pieces, and the overt sexism and racism of social media trolls and online article comments are just a few examples of the extremely public nature of some of this.

The note continued by saying that Harry was “deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her” and “worried” about Markle’s safety. The statement went on, “It is unfair that Ms. Markle should be the focus of such a storm just a few months into a relationship with him.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

“He is aware that pundits would argue that this is “the price she must pay” and “all just part of the game.” He disagrees vehemently. This is her life and his; it’s not a game.

Harry made a bold decision by releasing the statement.Up until that point, the royal family’s policy with the media had been to “Never complain, never explain.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on wedding day.

In his 2023 memoir “Spare,” Harry, 39, writes that the decision had angered his father, King Charles, and brother, Prince William since it brought to light their individual inadequacies in standing up for their wives, Queen Camilla and Kate Middleton.

King Charles and Queen Camilla.

In the book, he recalls, “My statement generated a whole new onslaught— from my family.” “Willy and Pa were enraged. They spoke loudly over me. They both remarked that my comments made them seem horrible. “Why the devil?” because when their wives or girlfriends were being harassed, they would never release a statement on their behalf.

King Charles.

The palace has messed around with Harry on its website before. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s individual biographies were merged earlier this year to create a more condensed joint biography.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.