The Sun described Markle as a "brunette" and a "break from the mould for Prince Harry, who has previously dated a string of blondes". Her mother is African American and her father is Caucasian.
Relationships between the press, photographers and the palace have mellowed since the days of Princess Diana being pursued by the paparazzi, but this is a reminder that there is still a fervent interest in the Royal Family - not just here in the United Kingdom, but around the world.
"[Prince Harry] feels lucky to have so many people supporting him and knows what a fortunate and privileged life he leads", Kensington Palace wrote in a statement.
"His girlfriend Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces" and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments'.
Mr Knauf said "The past week has seen a line crossed. They remember vividly what happened to her, and that is what's behind the statement", said royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, the former editor of Who's Who directory of influential people. The tabloid site reported that Markle was from the "drug- and crime-ridden" area of Crenshaw in Los Angeles, and even snidely mentioned that her black mother and other family members still lived there.
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In addition, Markle's ex-boyfriend had been offered substantial bribes, it said, while "nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life" had been bombarded by the press.
'Prince Harry is anxious about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.' The statement says.
"He is also aware that there is significant curiosity about his private life". In 2012, nude photos of him in a Las Vegas hotel room were published. So much that the Prince has spoken out saying the press has gone too far.
The relationship between Harry and Markle had been the subject of media rumors and gossip over the past few weeks. "It's when I was very small", Harry said in an interview in 2013. He strongly disagrees, said his officials: "This is not a game - it is her life and his".