This is an issue that has been all over the news this month. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are suing the British press for violating their rights to privacy. You may be thinking, wait they are Royals they have to be used to it. Personally, I am not so sure. Privacy is a human right, for everyone, is it not? Is it up to the media to decide who gets their life plastered over newspapers and social media alike or down to the individual themselves?
In case you haven’t heard, the couple are taking legal action against various news outlets for publishing personal information about them. Meghan is taking legal action against the Mail on Sunday who published a handwritten letter from her father who has previously been in the press for his rocky relationship with his daughter. Whereas, Prince Harry took this opportunity to also seek legal action from The Sun and The Daily Mirror for the phone-hacking scandal of 2011, where he was a personal victim. In a statement Prince Harry announced that his:
“deepest fear is history repeating itself”Prince Harry, Statement by The Duke of Sussex
“There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives. Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level. We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this.”Prince Harry, Statement by The Duke of Sussex
After the tragedy of losing his Mother, Harry has the right to protect his family in the hope to avoid a repetition of such a horrible time in his life. Unfortunately, Princess Diana also experienced a similar negative relationship with the news media throughout her life. Taking legal action against these three news outlets may not stop the stories from flowing but it will certainly raise awareness and prove that this is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, not just for them, but to change the way the British press treat ‘celebrities’ and others of the like.
I believe that the couple have the utmost right to sue whoever they like. It is impossible to imagine the struggle and anxiety they go through whenever they witness press releasing information, whether it is true or simply fake news, just to make a few quid. Some may say, well they are part of the Royal Family, that means something. Well, I somewhat agree. The Royal Family are a massive part of British lifestyle, many idolise them and many disagree with their role in our Country. However, whatever you may think, I still believe they have a right to keep their lives private in the areas they wish too. All Harry & Meghan request from the British press is just a little respect. Their status shouldn’t matter but their suffering does.
So what should the relationship between the royals and the press look like? Interestingly, them taking legal action is simply a clever way of rewriting the rules of how Royals interact with the press. What a strategy! By redefining their relationship with the press, they can regain control of what content is published by channeling everything through their well managed Instagram account. Prince Harry understands that social media is the future for the Royals and have hired a personal social media manager just to manage this! Now they have the perfect avenue to cut out the toxicity of the mainstream media and focus their efforts on a meaningful and global platform to appeal to their widening popularity worldwide.
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