The Duke of Cambridge supports Prince Harry and girlfriend Meghan Markle in new statement

By Emmy Griffiths

Prince William has released a rare statement about his brother's relationship. The royal showed his support for Prince Harry's request that his girlfriend Meghan Markle's privacy be respected by the public.

Kensington Palace released a short statement to the Telegraph at the request of the Duke of Cambridge, which confirmed that he fully supported his younger brother's decision to release the statement. It read: "The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him." The statement was released after it was initially reported that the second-in-line to the throne was unhappy that Prince Harry had released a heartfelt statement confirming his relationship.

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYPrince William confirmed he supported Prince Harry's statement

An insider told The Telegraph: "They don't issue statements like that without talking to each other, and they talked about the Meghan Markle statement extensively in advance of it being put out. The Duke was as alarmed as anyone about what was happening with Meghan."

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The original statement from Prince Harry was released in early November, which read: "Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has 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. 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."

Meghan recently thanked fans for their support amid her new romance

The Suits actress, who recently completed filming the latest season of the legal drama, tweeted her thanks to friends and fans who had been particularly supportive amid her blossoming romance with the prince, writing: "Sending extra love to Emily, Sol, Domi, Hannah, Sih, Doris, Jessy Scarlett and all of you who have been so supportive. I've missed you guys."

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