Prince Harry’s new girlfriend Meghan Markle is taking some time off from filming her TV show Suits as she tries to come to terms with what Harry has described as a “wave of abuse and harassment” since their relationship became public knowledge.
Page Six reports the actress, 35, has told her bosses she needs to skip filming for her USA Network show in Toronto this week because she has “something important to do.”
Page Six reports: “The reason for the absence is being kept a closely guarded secret, but insiders speculate that Markle is meeting with lawyers to help manage her turbulent and sudden rise to international fame.”
If Markle is having trouble coping with the attention since it was disclosed she is dating Harry, it may explain why, earlier this week, Prince Harry, 32, issued an unprecedented public statement accusing both mainstream and social-media trolls of racist abuse in coverage of his relationship with his new American girlfriend, who has one white parent and one black parent.
Kensington Palace declined to tell The Daily Beast exactly which stories they were referring to, but a Daily Mail story headlined “Harry’s Girl Is (Almost) Straight Outta Compton” is in the frame.
“It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,” the letter said.
Kensington Palace listed a string of complaints in the letter, citing “nightly legal battles” to keep defamatory stories out of papers; Markle’s 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 “substantial bribes” being offered by papers to Markle’s ex-boyfriend along with the “bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life” as papers seek information on her.