Prince Harry has responded to the recent hotel room speculation

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are two of the most talked-about people in the world. And from Harry's UK return for his father's coronation to Meghan's viral letter to her mother, this past month has been no exception. 

This was particularly true this past week, as the royal rumour mill reached its peak - and unfortunately for them, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were the targets. 

The royal couple were made the subject of negative speculation by The Sun over the weekend, with the tabloid reporting that Prince Harry "has a room set aside in a luxury hotel where he stays on his own near his California home."

The Sun alleged that according to sources, Prince Harry uses the hotel (claimed to be San Vicente Bungalows) as "an escape place" where "he occasionally stays [without Meghan]."

Prince Harry shut down the claims immediately, with his representatives issuing a short statement to Page Six: "This is not true."

Unfortunately for the royal couple, this was not the only royal speculation they were facing last week, coming just days after the couple's announcement that they had been in a "near catastrophic" car chase by paparazzi, with the Duke of Sussex issuing a statement following the incident.

"Last night, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Ms Ragland were involved in a near catastrophic car chase at the hands of a ring of highly aggressive paparazzi," read his statement. "This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD officers.

"While being a public figure comes with a level of interest from the public, it should never come at the cost of anyone's safety. Dissemination of these images, given the ways in which they were obtained, encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous to all involved."

A loud majority online however minimised the car chase, claiming that the royal couple made up the incident, with Harry and Meghan subsequently demanding footage from the chase. 

Our thoughts are with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at this stressful time.

We will continue to update this story.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.