Prince Harry's romance with Meghan Markle was the hot topic on Tuesday's episode of This Morning – and no-one was more excited by the news than Holly Willoughby! The TV star couldn't stop smiling as she discussed the blossoming relationship with her co-host Phillip Schofield, minutes after it was officially confirmed.
"Just before we came on air, we received news from Kensington Place that they have confirmed that Meghan Markle is dating Prince Harry," Holly, 35, said on camera.
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Holly Willoughby said news of Prince Harry's romance with Meghan Markle was "so exciting"
"They made a statement which said that she had suffered a wave of abuse and harassment by the media, so they've obviously gone public on this to try and calm things down," Phillip added. "It's a real shame that their hand has been forced by the abuse she's got, but of course in recent [royal] relationships there hasn't been social media."
Holly continued: "And also she's already in the public eye – she's a successful actor, she's out there, on Instagram, so there's a lot more ways people can get to know her. Hopefully by doing this it will change things."
To laughter from Phillip, she then exclaimed: "Well, that's lovely, isn't it! It's really lovely; more to the point, how exciting! So exciting!"
Prince Harry took the unprecedented step of confirming his relationship in an official statement
On Tuesday, Prince Harry took the unprecedented step of confirming his relationship with Suits star Meghan, 35, while criticising the media for subjecting her to a "wave of abuse and harassment".
The official statement said that the couple had been dating for "a few months", and that it was "not right" that the American actress should be subject to such treatment.
It added that the 32-year-old prince rarely took formal action over "fictional stories", but that "the past week has seen a line crossed".