Whatever the Opposite of “Never Complain, Never Explain” Is: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

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In November 2016, Kensington Palace issued a press release on Prince Harry’s behalf lambasting media outlets and online forums for the “racial undertones” and “outright sexism” of comments regarding his then-rumored relationship with American actress, Meghan Markle. The press release listed out the harassment that Markle and her family had endured, “nightly legal battles” to stop “defamatory” stories, and made a direct ask to the press to “reflect before any more damage is done.”

The statement also confirmed the existence of the relationship itself.

The release reads as indignant and desperate. And I say desperate not to insult it, but as an acknowledgment that to issue a statement like this must have been seen as a last resort – the only (effective) option left.

I have written many press releases in my life, I have never begun one with, “Since he was young…”

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