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Janet Street-Porter has seriously laid into Prince Harry for issuing a statement about the media’s treatment of his new girlfriend, Meghan Markle.
The Loose Women panellist has accused the British royal of appearing “weak” after he complained about the “racist” and “sexist” media intrusion that Meghan has faced from the press since she was linked to him last week.
Speaking on the ITV show, Janet seethed: “Without being too derogatory, it’s a long statement for a start and it’s a bit waffly.
“Is this daytime TV or a statement from Kensington Palace? It’s the language of tabloid newspapers to argue for – in my opinion – slightly special treatment.
“Now, I know the lawyers that advise the younger members of the Royal family because once upon a time I could afford them with my divorces.
“If he wants to be a prince he should keep his mouth shut and say as little as possible. It’s a sign of weakness to say so much.
“If you’re a strong personality, you should bite your lip.”
Errr… If he ‘wants’ to be a prince, Janet? We’re pretty sure that Harry didn’t get a say in that one…
Janet’s fellow panellists, Lisa Riley and Coleen Nolan, disagreed with her statement, insisting that Harry’s decision to protect Megan was actually a sign of “strength”.
In the statement, which was issued by Kensington Palace yesterday, Harry made his feelings towards the press incredibly clear, with it reading: “The past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment.
“Some of this has been very public – 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.
“Prince Harry is worried about Ms Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms Markle should be subjected to such a storm… This is not a game – it is her life and his.”
The prince was widely praised for his decision to speak out and defend Meghan’s honour.