It's official: Prince Harry is dating American actress Meghan Markle.
But it's how that relationship was confirmed that's really surprising.
On behalf of Prince Harry, Kensington Palace released a statement Tuesday condemning the media for publishing racist and sexist remarks about Markle.
The statement reads in part, "[Prince Harry] 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."
Historically, the palace has rarely officially commented on the private lives of the British royal family. But in the past few years, the royals have made more and more public pleas to the media.
Last year, Prince William and Duchess Catherine released a letter asking media outlets to not publish unauthorized images of their children.