Prince Harry is not happy about how the press has been treating his girlfriend.

Prince Harry wants the press to stop harassing his new girlfriend, Meghan Markle.

On Nov. 8, the royal’s communications team issued a statement lambasting the abusive, sexist, and racial undertones used by press and social media when talking about Markle.

Prince Harry has “seen a line crossed,” the statement reads:

“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 and web article comments.”

In the letter, the royal family specifically calls out and condemns the racist and sexist harassment Markle has been facing.

The statement describes incidents of photographers attempting to gain entry into Markle’s home, bribes offered to Markle’s ex-boyfriend, and “the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.”

Prince Harry has only been dating Markle for a few months. In fact, this is the first time the relationship has been publicly confirmed.

Despite that, British tabloids have already run several insidious stories about her. One of them suggested she appeared in pornography, when, in fact, clips of the TV show that Markle co-stars in had simply been uploaded to a porn site.

Markle, who is biracial, has also been the target of racially charged online comments and tweets.

It’s a pretty big deal for the royal family to come to Markle’s defense.

They have a long history of fighting with the press over scrutiny of their private lives. It’s also a personal subject for them since the death of Princess Diana in 1997 was the result of trying to outrun paparazzi. This is the first time, though, they’ve publicly defended someone outside of the family, specifically condemning racism and sexism.

It’s unprecedented for the family to issue a statement like this, but the treatment of Markle was so bad that Prince Harry was apparently afraid for her safety and for that of her family.

The letter also addresses those who say that harassment is just the price you have to pay for celebrity.

“It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,” the statement says. “He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game it is her life and his.”

The letter makes no demands; it simply calls on members of the press to “reflect” for a moment before any more damage is done.

Maybe that’s something we should all do.

We certainly have a similar problem here in America. In fact, we practically invented celebrity culture, and there are countless examples of celebrities being harassed or assaulted online and in person.

When a man launched himself at Kim Kardashian, for example, many headlines made jokes at her expense and failed to treat the incident as what it was: sexual assault.

When someone is in the spotlight, it can be too easy to forget that they’re a human being that they have feelings and an identity. It can be too easy to forget that we don’t own them and that they deserve to be treated with the same amount of respect and dignity as anyone else.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/prince-harry-is-not-happy-about-how-the-press-has-been-treating-his-girlfriend?c=tpstream

Fisherman fights the largest catfish hes ever seen

Whenever you hear someone talk about a battle with a fish, you tend to take their story with a grain of salt. This big fish tale? Its the real deal! This 250 lb monster was captured by Yuri Grisendi in Italy and it took everything he had just to wrestle this beast above the water line.

Read more: http://damn.com/fisherman-fights-the-largest-catfish-hes-ever-seen/

The Best Moments From 2 Chainz’s MSNBC Appearance

Although every second of rapper 2 Chainz’s appearance on MSNBC’s “Now With Alex Wagner” is glorious and worth watching, these may have been the best moments.

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1. When he admitted that he wasn’t expecting to win a Grammy.

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2. When he described the tuxedo that Pharell was wearing in the recording studio after the Grammy Awards.

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3. When he talked about his new song “Feds Watching” and the state of surveillance in America.

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“Our privacy is basically eliminated… In this day and age, it’s common sense. This is our 12th year since the towers, since that tragedy happened. It’s not a secret what our country is doing to try to keep us safe. You know, some people think it’s being nosy at the same time. For me, I try to educate people in an entertaining way without boring them. They can watch the news. I just try to — they might dance and party to some of my music but it still may have an underlying meaning or substance.”

4. When Alex Wagner talked about how his new album, “#MeTime” and his new cookbook, “#Mealtime” were an “awesome verbal hashtag.”

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5. When he talked about how suffering from acid reflux and ulcers led him to write a cookbook of good, healthy recipes.

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6. When he talked about his food mentality.

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7. When he explained how you don’t need to have a lot of money to cook the recipes in #Mealtime

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8. When he asked viewers not to share the secret of his #MeTime sauce.

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9. When he talked about his process in the kitchen.

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Teriyaki salmon, step one: “Put on your Versace apron.”

10. When he acknowledged the helpfulness of some of his cookbook’s more interesting instructions.

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Garlic mashed potatoes, step one: “If wearing a four-finger ring, carefully place it on a side table before starting to cook.”

11. When he talked about his cooking technique.

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12. When he got personal.

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/the-best-moments-from-2-chainzs-msnbc-appearance

The World’s Coolest Teacher and His Students Dance Through the Halls to “Uptown Funk”

At Dallas’s A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School, teacher Scot Pankey leads dozens of students through the school in an impressively choreographed video for “Uptown Funk,” which they filmed in a single take…

Read more: http://twentytwowords.com/the-worlds-coolest-teacher-and-his-students-dance-through-the-halls-to-uptown-funk/

Teen Films Himself Coming Out To Mom And Is Shocked When She Comes Out To Him (Video)

Coming out to parents can often be frightening.

But when Hayden Smith worked up the courage to tell his mom about his homosexuality, she was nothing but supportive. She thanked him for sharing his secret with her and being true to himself.

And then the tables turn and the teenager gets a pretty incredible surprise: Smith’s mother reveals that she, too, has experimented with same-sex relationships.

She tells her son that she had a girlfriend before the death of his father.

Although Smith seems pretty taken aback, it’s a beautiful moment between a mother and son. They’re sharing their truest selves, and family is always at its best when you can trust one another.

Smith is starting a long journey of self-discovery, but he has his understanding mother to lean on for support.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/news/world/teen-comes-out-mom-surprise-video/762607/

23 Signs Your Cat Actually Owns You

You can’t remember the last time you used a computer. All you do nowadays is watch a cat while she sits on your hands.

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You haven’t fully processed the fact that your cat’s demands have become increasingly elaborate in nature:

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Your shower does not belong to you anymore:

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And neither does your toilet:

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Even the dog understands that everyone else in the house is a second-class citizen:

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Your cat interrupts you while you’re working because she “didn’t like the way your face looked”:

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Even your attempts to be accommodating are peremptorily rejected:

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You’ve long since given up telling him that he can’t just sit anywhere he wants:

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You may pet her, but she will let you know when it has become tiresome:

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Your laundry isn’t properly “clean” until it is completely covered in cat hair:

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Your hair is a plaything:

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You have come to realize that the “games” you and your cat play together aren’t very fun at all:

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Your morning ritual is a humiliating misery:

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Your dinner is not really your own.

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You are reconciled to daily indignities such as having your evening snack used as a face-warmer:

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The constant. COMPLAINING.

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And the constant sense that you are being judged, laughed at, and basically dismissed as a person:

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You have come to accept petty thievery as just a thing that happens to you sometimes:

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The only time when you are appreciated at all is when you are performing a service:

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But you can expect severe displeasure if you ever have the audacity to get tired of it:

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Your privacy is no longer even remotely sacred:

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And your life is an unending series of increasingly absurd degradation:

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And, after all that, your cat still blanks you in public:

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/expresident/signs-your-cat-actually-owns-you