- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Prince Harry’s spur-of-the-moment decision to head up to Canada to spend some time alone with his U.S. girlfriend is apparently making waves in the U.K. for the breach of protocol and the added security costs involved.

The prince, fifth in line for the British throne, even tacked on an extra day in Toronto for a visit with actress Meghan Markle, Page Six reported Tuesday. While Prince Harry paid his own way for airfare, the security tab still comes out of public coffers.

The Daily Express newspaper reported Tuesday that officials with Buckingham Palace, and the prince himself, had repeatedly denied that any detour might be made during or upon the conclusion of Harry’s 15-day, seven-nation Caribbean tour.

In early November, Prince Harry took what many considered an extraordinary move by having his communications secretary release a letter rebuking unnamed media outlets for racially charged coverage of the romance. Ms. Markle’s father is white and her mother is African-American.

“[T]he past week has seen a line crossed,” read the statement, complaining that Ms. Markle “has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public” including being “smear[ed] on the front page of a national newspaper” as well as subject to “the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”

 

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