Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, ended their widely successful South African Tour last Tuesday. However, the highlight of the news lies not on their highly regarded engagement but on the bombshell lawsuit that the prince dropped on the last day of their tour.

The Duke of Sussex released a handcrafted statement through the Sussexes’ new website, admitting that they were forced to take action against popular British newspaper Daily Mail on Sunday. The lawsuit was actioned upon after the publication published a private letter written by his wife for her father, Thomas Markle Sr., detailing her pain at their broken relationship.

“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 Duke of Sussex wrote.

According to The Sun, Harry, who wrote the statement himself with no guidance from his team of senior advisers, bypassed his father, Prince Charles, and his older brother, Prince William. His father and brother were left astounded when they found out that Harry had gone “rogue.”

It turned out that Charles and William merely found out about the statement as it was published. However, despite the seeming lack of communication, Harry’s communication secretary confirmed that the Queen had been informed.

Critics questioned the timing of the Sussexes’ statement, postulating that this was done under “specific legal advice.” According to the prince’s spokesperson, the case had been in the works for “many months,” yet he had another six years to file the claim. Some believe this move to be under the influence of the law firm Schillings — in order to “cause maximum impact.”

Royal experts believe that the Duke of Sussex’s statement is “over-emotional” and a “monumental misjudgment.” This seems to be pertaining to Harry’s rationale regarding his reasoning, pointing to Meghan’s situation as being akin to his mother’s, Princess Diana’s.

“Though this action may not be the safe one, it is the right one,” Harry furthered. “Because 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. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”

Royal Family
Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth, Prince William and Prince Harry at Madame Tussauds London, Nov. 1, 2016. Luke Rauscher/Flickr

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