Harry and Meghan “didn’t tell Charles about boycotting the newspapers” when Palace was “stunned” – The Sun

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PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle have not informed Prince Charles of their decision to boycott four British newspapers, it is alleged.

The couple’s dynamite plan to stop dealing with the Sun, the Daily Mail, the Daily Express and the Daily Mirror would have “stunned” officials at Buckingham Palace.

 Prince Harry did not inform his father Prince Charles of the couple's decision, we learned
Prince Harry did not inform his father Prince Charles of the couple’s decision, we learnedCredit: PA: Press Association
 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced this week that they would stop dealing with The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Express and The Mirror
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced this week that they would stop dealing with The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Express and The MirrorCredit: AFP or licensors

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told the four newspapers and their online media that they are stopping all cooperation because of “distorted, false or pervasive” stories.

On Sunday evening, the couple wrote to the editors of The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express and The Daily Mirror telling them that “they would not pretend to be money for a clickable bait economy and distortion ”.

A Palace insider told the Daily Mail, “‘ We were blown away.

“They didn’t take any of our advice. “

HARRY “CALLED QUEEN”

People close to the queen are said to have been irritated that the couple announced their boycott in the newspapers just before Her Majesty’s 94th birthday today, and as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

Harry called the Queen of California over the weekend, but only talked about the couple’s plan as a whole and “didn’t go into detail,” a source told The Times.

The Prince of Wales was not informed by his youngest son of the boycott until the best-selling British newspapers were informed, the newspaper reported.

Meghan and Harry were charged with “censorship” when the Society of Editors broke their boycott.

The answer should never be to try to avoid individual titles and their millions of readers.

Ian Murray, Society of Editors, Executive Director

The Executive Director of the Society of Editors, Ian Murray, said: “By seeming to dictate which media they will work with and which they will ignore, presumably unintentionally, they are rescuing the rich and powerful all over the world to use their example as an excuse to attack the media when it suits them. “

He added, “They may have been stung by some of the blanket they disliked, they may strongly disagree with certain elements of that blanket and can of course take steps to respond to any criticism that ‘they judge unfair or inaccurate across multiple channels.

“But the answer should never be to try to avoid individual titles and their millions of readers. “

The Guardian said the new treatment would apply to the four newspapers, their Sunday editions and their online banners.

 Relatives of Queen have reportedly been upset that Harry and Meghan made their announcement on the eve of Her Majesty's 94th birthday
Relatives of Queen have reportedly been upset that Harry and Meghan made their announcement on the eve of Her Majesty’s 94th birthdayCredit: PA: Press Association
 Harry and Meghan were seen this week delivering meals to residents in need during the coronavirus pandemic
Harry and Meghan were seen this week delivering meals to residents in need during the coronavirus pandemicCredit: The Mega Agency

The Daily Star has not been named, although it is published by the group that owns the Mirror and the Express.

Under the revised media policy, the Harry and Meghan press team will not even respond to calls from newspapers.

In the letter, the couple said, “This policy is not intended to avoid criticism. It’s not about ending public conversations or censoring accurate reporting.

“The media have every right to report and, in fact, to have a good or bad opinion on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

REACTION OF THE EDITORIAL SOCIETY

Executive Director Ian Murray said: “Although the Duke and Duchess say they support a free press and all that it represents, there is no escape from their actions here, it is is censorship and they give an unfortunate example.

“Although the couple no longer present themselves as a member of the royal family, they continue to be a prominent public figure and indeed have clearly expressed their intention to continue to do so.

“By appearing to dictate the media they will work with and those they will ignore, they are undoubtedly unintentionally helping the rich and powerful all over the world to use their example as a pretext to attack the media when it suits them.

“The truth is that Harry and Meghan have appreciated and continue to enjoy enormous positive coverage for themselves and their causes, largely in the very titles they are targeting now.

“They may have been bitten by part of the blanket they disliked, they may strongly disagree with certain elements of that blanket and can of course take steps to respond to any criticism they deem unfair or inaccurate across multiple channels.

“But the answer should never be to try to avoid individual titles and their millions of readers. “

“But it cannot be based on a lie.

“They also want to be very clear: this is by no means a global policy for all media.”

The letter also added that the couple had “watched people they knew – as well as complete strangers – see their lives completely separated for no good reason, other than the fact that dirty gossip increased advertising revenue.”

The couple retired from royal office and live in California.

This week, they were pictured holding hands in a beloved display while delivering food to residents of Los Angeles in need during the coronavirus crisis.

Meghan and Harry donned face masks as they delivered free meals in West Hollywood for the Angel Food charity project in their new city.

LAUNCH OF THE LEGAL BATTLE

Before leaving the royal family, Meghan and Harry launched an attack on British newspapers in a media section on their new website Sussexroyal.com.

The couple, who said they would take a “revised media approach” starting in the spring, criticized British royal correspondents and said they would no longer participate in the “royal rotation” system that Buckingham Palace has used for decades .

Meghan is involved in legal action against Associated Newspapers, publisher of Mail On Sunday and MailOnline, for an article that reproduces parts of the handwritten letter sent to Thomas Markle, 75, in August 2018.

Harry described the media as a “mighty force” in an emotional speech just a day after he said that he and his wife would step down from royal office.

The Duke has had a complicated and difficult relationship with the press over the years.

His aversion to the media has apparently intensified since the birth of his son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor last year.

Harry was 12 years old when his mother, Princess Diana was killed in an accident after his car, driven at high speed, was chased in the streets of Paris by the paparazzi.

Shortly after starting to date Meghan, Harry attacked the media for “abuse and harassment” of his then girlfriend, Kensington Palace warning on his behalf, “It’s not a game – it’s his life. “

LETTER IN FULL

As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex settle into the next chapter of their lives and no longer receive public support, we are writing to establish a new media relations policy, particularly with regard to your organization.

Like you, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex believe that a free press is the cornerstone of any democracy – especially in times of crisis.

At its best, this free press highlights dark places, telling stories that otherwise would not be told, defending what is right, challenging power and holding those who abuse the system to account.

It has been said that the first obligation of journalism is towards the truth. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex fully agree.

It is very concerning that an influential section of the media, for many years, has sought to isolate itself from responsibility for what they say or print – even when they know it is distorted, false or pervasive beyond of reason.

When power is exercised without responsibility, the trust we all place in this much-needed industry deteriorates. There is a real human cost to doing this business and it affects all corners of society.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have seen people they know – as well as complete strangers – see their lives completely separated for no good reason, other than the fact that salacious gossip increases advertising revenue.

That said, please note that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be engaged with your outlet.

There will be no corroboration and no commitment.

It’s also a policy put in place for their communications team, to protect that industry-side team that readers never see. This policy is not intended to avoid criticism.

It’s not about ending a public conversation or censoring specific reports. The media have every right to report and, in fact, to have a good or bad opinion of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

But this cannot be based on a lie. They also want to be very clear: this is by no means a comprehensive policy for all media.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to working with journalists and media organizations from around the world, engaging with local media, regional and local media, and aspiring young journalists, to highlight the problems and causes that are so desperately grateful for.

And they look forward to doing everything they can to provide new opportunities for more diverse and under-represented voices, which we need more than ever.

What they will not do is present themselves as a currency for a bait and distortion economy. We are encouraged that this new approach is heard and respected.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed “zero engagement policy” with four British newspapersCredit: AFP – Getty
 Harry is said to have called the Queen before announcing his decision, but Prince Charles would not have been informed by his son
Harry is said to have called the Queen before announcing his decision, but Prince Charles would not have been informed by his sonCredit: AFP

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