Meghan Markle and Prince Harry cut ties with four U.K. tabloids, announcing “there are no corroboration and no engagement,”they assert in an exceedingly strongly-worded letter issued to the editors on Sunday night.
The Duke and Duchess travel together with their son Archie in March, they say they essentially ail the “style of coverage” of four tabloids — The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Mirror and thus the Express — which they claim to have “pulled apart” the lives of many people.
Their new media policy means they’ll not communicate with,answer or answer any enquiries from these four outlets. The couple says this is often not a “blanket policy for all media.”
The letter comes as the first hearing against Associated Newspapers in Meghan’s court case — Sunday’s Mail publisher — goes to the U.K. The Week trials. On Sunday the Duchess of Sussex sues the Mail for reporting excerpts from a “private and confidential” letter sent to her dad in August 2018—three months after her marriage to Prince Harry.
“It is gravely concerning that an influential slice of the media, over a few years, has sought to insulate themselves from taking accountability for what they assert or print — even after they understand this are distorted, false, or invasive beyond reason,”
The couple says within the letter. “When power is enjoyed without responsibility, the trust we all place during this much-needed industry is degraded.”
The letter continues, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have watched people they know — in addition as complete strangers — have their lives completely pulled apart for no good reason, apart from the very fact that salacious gossip boosts advertising revenue.
“With that said, please note that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex won’t be engaging together with your outlet. there’ll be no corroboration and no engagement. this is often also a policy being instated for his or her communications team, so also shield that team from the side of the industry that readers never see.”
Meghan and Harry assert that their new media policy is “not about avoiding criticism.”
“It’s not about shutting down public conversation or censoring accurate reporting. 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 support a lie. They also want to be very clear: this is often not in any way a blanket policy for all media,” they write.