While the world reacts to the first part of the Harry & Meghan documentary series on Netflix, one thing that became evident is Toronto police weren't able to, or more-so interested in, protecting Meghan Markle from the paparazzi that swarmed the Canadian city to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry's then girlfriend.
“I would say to the police, if any other woman in Toronto right now said to you, ‘I have six grown men who are sleeping in their cars around my house and following me everywhere that I go and I feel scared,' wouldn’t you say that it was stalking?" Markle says in an interview featured in the second episode of the docuseries. "They said, ‘yes but there’s really nothing we can do because of who you’re dating.'"
"So it’s like, I’m just supposed to live like this? They said yeah, and then I got a death threat. Then things changed because I needed to have security."
Going back to 2016, Markle was still living in Toronto and shooting the TV series Suits. Once it was announced that the actor was dating a member of the Royal Family, as Markle described it, "the U.K. media descended upon Toronto."
"My house was just surrounded. Just men sitting in their cars all the time, waiting for me to do anything," Markle says in the Netflix docuseries.
"My neighbours texted me saying they’re knocking on everyone’s doors, they’re trying to find you. They had paid certain neighbours to put like a livestream camera into my backyard. Suddenly, it was like everything about my life just got so much more insular. Like all the curtains were pulled, all the blinds were pulled. It was scary. My face was everywhere, my life was everywhere. Tabloids had taken over everything.”
Harry's response to the stalking and harassment Markle experienced in Toronto was that he felt "completely helpless," hearing about what was happening thousands of miles away.
In November 2016, ET Canada reported that police had visited Markle's home in Toronto "over concerns that her suddenly sky-high public profile could be a security threat."
A statement from Kensington Palace, from Nov. 8, 2016, reads that Markle had been "subject to a wave of abuse and harassment," including reporters and photographers trying to "gain illegal entry to her home."
Several viewers have also taken to social media to comment on this part of the docuseries in particular.
I see Meghan found out what lots of us know about the Toronto police...
If you have to take one thing away from this that isn’t about Harry or Meghan, it’s that the Toronto Police are genuinely useless! #MeghanandHarryNetflix
— Lena - Lena@neurodifferent.me (@MsLenaKay) December 9, 2022
She called the police to have them charged with stalking because she feared for her safety, just like anyone would if you had strangers following your every move. She hired private security after the police refused to step in.
— leah leah bo bee-ah ✨ (@leah_valerie) December 8, 2022