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Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle breaks social media silence to thank friends for support

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Published 19/11/2016 | 11:47

Girlfriend Meghan Markle has spent the week with him at Kensington Palace. Photo: Reuters
Girlfriend Meghan Markle has spent the week with him at Kensington Palace. Photo: Reuters
Meghan Markle attends the Misha Nonoo fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 the at Center 548 on February 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle in the royal box at Wimbledon 2016
Prince Harry was on royal duty yesterday when he led the UK’s Armistice Day commemorations in Staffordshire. Photo: PA
Meghan Markle attends the ELLE Women in Television Celebration presented by Hearts on Fire Diamonds and Wella Professionals held at Soho House on January 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
Singled out: Prince Harry was seen with Charlene, Princess of Monaco, in the stands during the match at Twickenham, London, and not his new girlfriend, Meghan. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Prince Harry arrives for a visit to the Double Jab Boxing Club to support Sport for Social Development initiatives on June 6, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle attends an exclusive preview of the Marchesa Voyage for ShopStyle collection on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ShopStyle)

British royal Prince Harry's actress girlfriend has returned to social media for the first time since her new romance went public to thank friends and family for their support.

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Meghan Markle took to Twitter and Instagram on Friday to single out those who have been by her side amid the media circus over the past month, ever since news of the royal romance leaked.

"Sending some extra love today to Emily, Sol, Domi, Hannah, Sih, Doris, JessyScarlett and all of you who have been so supportive for years," she wrote. "I've missed you guys."

Markle and her prince have yet to be spotted together, but Kensington Palace officials confirmed the romance last month in a statement slamming remarks that had been made online about the Horrible Bosses actress.

It read: "The past week has seen a line crossed. His (Harry's) girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment."

The actress was seen out and about in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on 10 November, amid reports she was staying with her boyfriend at Kensington Palace.

Dressed down in a rain jacket and trendy Hunter wellington boots, Markle was photographed carrying groceries from organic health food store Whole Foods.

The 35-year-old actress appeared to be alone as she made the short walk from the food store back to Harry's royal residence.

Meghan Markle attends the Misha Nonoo fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 the at Center 548 on February 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle attends the Misha Nonoo fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 the at Center 548 on February 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

Anyone who has read Markle's very smart posts on her The Tig website will understand the attraction for Harry, whose mother Princess Diana is still best remembered for her work in support of those less fortunate than herself.

Stunning Los Angeles-born Meghan, has a social conscience, too, which she credits her therapist mother and Hollywood lighting designer father for instilling in her.

"I’ve never wanted to be lady who lunches," she muses in a recent post on the site, which was titled How To Be Both, referring to her efforts in juggling a showbusiness career with humanitarian efforts. Markle works for the charities World Vision and UN Women amongst others.

"I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works," she continues, "and this type of work is what feeds my soul, and fuels my purpose."

Prince Harry was on royal duty yesterday when he led the UK’s Armistice Day commemorations in Staffordshire. Photo: PA
Prince Harry was on royal duty yesterday when he led the UK’s Armistice Day commemorations in Staffordshire. Photo: PA
Meghan Markle attends the ELLE Women in Television Celebration presented by Hearts on Fire Diamonds and Wella Professionals held at Soho House on January 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle attends the ELLE Women in Television Celebration presented by Hearts on Fire Diamonds and Wella Professionals held at Soho House on January 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

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