Prince Harry and Meghan Markle criticized the British press in their Netflix docuseries. However, according to a royal photographer who joined royal tours several times and had countless close encounters with the Duke of Sussex, he had a good relationship with the media years before Markle.
Prince Harry Used To Be Good Friends With The British Press Before Meghan Markle?
Arthur Edwards, royal photographer for The Sun since 1975, who has been part of a royal rota, weighed in on how Prince Harry's relationship with the British press over time, especially after he met and married his wife, Meghan Markle. In Edwards' recollection, Prince William's younger brother was good with the press.
Prince Harry was reportedly friendly with the British media as it gave him a platform to discuss the causes he was passionate about, including Invictus Game, which he founded for the wounded, sick servicemen and women.
"At the end of [our trip to Colorado Springs], Harry said, 'All meet in the pub tonight, 6 o'clock,'" Edwards told Fox News Digital. "And we all met at the pub. He turned up, and we had an hour and a half of exchanging ideas, exchanging viewpoints … but there was a lot of laughter as well. And at the end of it all, Harry picked up the tab."
"We did that there, we did that in Australia, we did that in Jamaica, we did that everywhere we went with him. With Meghan, it all stopped overnight. And I feel sad about that because Harry had a great relationship with the media. He's a gifted young man who was so engaging with people. He could get things off his chest, and you didn't take offense. You could do the same, and he wouldn't take offense. … When I look at him now, he just seems so unhappy."
Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Hit Out At UK Media's Alleged' Exploitation And Bribery'
In their Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex condemned the "unconscious bias" around race within Buckingham Palace and the lack of support they received from other royals.
"I feel as though being part of this family, it is my duty to uncover this exploitation and bribery that happens within our media," Prince Harry said in the opening episode, CNBC reported.
In the episode, Prince Harry alleged that the palace and the Press work together to ensure constant media coverage.
"There's leaking, but there's also planting of stories," he said without providing specific examples.
"If you're part of the royal rota, you have priority over the story over everybody else," Harry continued. "All royal news goes through the filter of all newspapers within the royal rota, most of which, apart from the Telegraph, happen to be tabloids."
"It all comes down to control, it's like, 'This family is ours to exploit. Their trauma is our story and our story and our narrative to control.'"
It wasn't the first time Prince Harry slammed the British media. When he appeared in The Late Late Show With James Corden, he blamed the press for Megxit, saying they made it difficult for them to strive in the UK.
"We all know what the British press can be like and it was destroying my mental health," Harry said in the interview, NBC News reported.
"This is toxic," he continued, adding that the media had created a "really difficult" environment for them.
"So I did what any husband and what any father would do — I need to get my family out of here," he said.
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