Prince Harry just publicly defended his girlfriend and damn, we have no shade to throw

Rumors have been swirling that a member of England’s royal family is dating an American actress, and now we can all put our detective hats down and start planning a royal wedding. Prince Harry confirmed he’s dating Meghan Markle in a statement defending her from all the racist and sexist bullshit thrown her way since the rumors started. The prince explained that he knows people will always be interested in his private life, but things went too far with Markle, to the point where he was worried about her safety.

A statement released by his communications secretary said of Prince Harry, “He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about.” It continued, “But the past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment.”

The statement detailed how there have been nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of the media, Markle’s mom has had to maneuver past photographers to get to her front door, and reporters and photographers have tried to illegal enter Markle’s home.

“Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her,” the statement read. “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 strongly disagrees. This is not a game — it is her life and his.”

He also addressed “the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments” about his new girlfriend, basically asking the press and trolls to back the fuck off. “He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly,” the statement concluded.

Prince Harry and Markle have only been dating for a few months, and have already had to put up with a lot of negativity. If he continues to stick up for her like this and they survive all the public abuse, I might start to believe in love again. We’ll see.