One of the crucial reasons behinds Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepping down as ‘senior members’ of the British Royal Family was to escape being in the eye of the media 24/7 and stop becoming the center of baseless stories by outlets. And so now, as a step towards establishing their independent lives, the couple has severed ties with 4 major UK news tabloids- The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Mirror and The Express– as they have “pulled apart” the lives of many individuals.
This announcement by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex comes just as the first hearing for Meghan Markle’s legal case against Associated Newspapers in the UK courts approaches. Associated Newspapers, publisher of The Mail, had been earlier sued by the former Suits actress for publishing extracts of a “private and confidential” letter written in 2018 to her dad, just three months after she got married to Prince Harry.
Prince Harry and especially, Meghan Markle, had been targeted by media outlets with salacious stories with no basis in facts and written with the sole purpose of cashing in on the public’s curiosity to know more about the Royal Family affairs.
The editors of the above-mentioned four outlets recently received a strongly-worded letter by the former royals, wherein Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that “there will be no corroboration and zero engagement” with the said tabloids. They shared their concern over how “an influential slice of the media” has continued reporting in a way that is and will be “distorted, false, or invasive beyond reason.”
They made it known that they are against the “style of reporting” of the four tabloids who are, hereby, blocked from contacting the couple. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not be communicating or answering any inquiries from these four outlets which have “completely pulled apart” the lives of people just because “salacious gossip boosts advertising revenue.”
The couple further clarified that their new media policy is not about “shutting down public conversation or censoring accurate reporting”, it is only to ensure that they are not presented “as currency for an economy of clickbait and distortion.”
“Media have every right to report on and indeed have an opinion on The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, good or bad. But it can’t be based on a lie,” they wrote, adding that apart from the four tabloids, this policy is not applicable to other media houses.