Yeah you're both probably right. It just was so extreme and unlike anything they have done that I felt it was likely some last grand thing to show her how serious he was about her and prove he was worth the trouble. And that is likely still the case but the intentions of why were different. Correct in they do seem solid and per that interview that seemed to have talked a lot about all the baggage that comes with being with a royal. At the time she just was getting in from all sides so maybe she her first taste of it even shocked Harry. They also alluded to that as well. He was shocked and this is from a man who has lived it his entire life. So I guess it does make sense from that standpoint.
She was different than previous royal girlfriends in terms of race, profession, and of course the American divorcee angle. At least in the digital age. That’s honestly a lot for royal reporters to work with in terms of making things sound salacious. I think it was shocking that, in 2017, they were so blatant about some things.
What was telling for me was that, in addition to Harry’s statement, William also issued a statement on this. He obviously wasn’t so blatant about it and didn’t mention Meghan by name. But it’s not a coincidence that DM decided to run a story about how William wasn’t happy about the statement while Harry was on a boat in the Caribbean with limited communication capabilities. William actually stepped up for his brother publicly and explicitly said through and official statement that he understands the issue of privacy and supports Harry and the need for Harry to support those closest to him.