Standing in the spotlight can certainly not be easy – there is no doubt about it. If you are a celebrity or a public figure, it is hard to do the ordinary, everyday things that most of us just take for granted. If you do something as basic as stepping out for a cup of coffee, you can start a stream of photographers and many high-profile people allow their privacy to invade every day.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a media sensation for years and it is somewhat safe to say that things are actually getting a bit out of hand. In the early stages of their relationship, Prince Harry actually made a statement out of concern about Markle’s safety, given that she was suddenly harassed by the media.
As members of the royal family, fans around the world, as well as media, are interested in everything the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do every day. Why is Prince Harry and Markle’s relationship with the media much worse than most people realize?
Prince Harry knows all too well the negative effects of the media
Prince Harry was only twelve years old when his beloved mother, Princess Diana, was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris. The car in which Princess Diana was driving went at an exceptionally high speed to escape the watchful eyes of photographers as they collided with a concrete pillar in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, according to Reader’s Digest.
This drastically changed Prince Harry’s life and is something that will always be with him. Many blame the media – especially the paparazzi – for the death of the deceased princess. And it would not be surprising if Prince Harry had strong feelings about the industry and its people.
Meghan Markle’s personal letter was published
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual #WellChildAwards in London. WellChild aims to ensure every child and young person living with serious health needs has the best chance to thrive with the support and medical care needed in the comfort of their own home. The Duke of Sussex became Patron of WellChild in 2007, and last year both The Duke and Duchess attended the awards to honour the children and families that WellChild supports. The Duke, who first came to these awards over a decade ago, shared in his remarks tonight: “Last year when my wife and I attended we knew we were expecting our first child – no one else did at the time, but we did – and I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tightly during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day, and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time. And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heart strings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.” • To find out more about tonight’s event and how you can support this very special organisation, please visit @WellChild Photos ©️ PA images
Prince Harry is not the only one who feels the effects of the news media. Not long ago, Duchess Meghan wrote a very personal letter to her estranged father: Thomas Markle.
According to CBS News, the Duchess of Sussex is involved in a lawsuit against a British tabloid for leaking the contents of the letter in which she wrote about her feelings about her family situation. The media has also reported a lot about her personal life and her reputation – and it is far from a positive turn.
Prince Harry filed lawsuits against two tabloids
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From South Africa 🇿🇦✈️ to Botswana🇧🇼! • What a welcome! The Duke of Sussex has kicked off the next leg of #RoyalTourAfrica by planting trees in Chobe National Park with 200 school children from local primary schools. The Duke planted a baobab, which are severely under threat across Africa, which will live for 1000 years! Each child grew their sapling from seed in a mission to restore the Chobe Forest Reserve. They were all grown in recycled milk tins from the elephant orphanage, using fertilised soil from the orphans’ dung! The park is home to a huge elephant population – more than 17,000 – along with some of the world’s most diverse and vibrant eco-systems. The people, wildlife and whole area rely on the Chobe River to survive, but many species and indigenous trees are sadly now extinct. There is critical need to secure the forest so wildlife have access to the river. The Duke was welcomed by his close friend Dr Mike Chase, Founder of Elephant Without Borders, who has dedicated his life to supporting Botswana’s people and Elephants. ‘If you look after nature, it will look after you’ – The Duke of Sussex The Duke will shortly continue the tour with stops in Angola 🇦🇴 and Malawi 🇲🇼 focussing on community, HIV/AIDS and environment. #RoyalVisitBotswana Photo © PA Images
As if the incident with Markle’s leaked letter was not enough for the royal couple to handle, page six reports that Prince Harry himself has filed lawsuits against two British gossip magazines.
Apparently his phone was hacked and his private voicemails stolen. Although Buckingham Palace has not released specific details of the incident, we know that the voicemails mentioned were several years old before Prince Harry and Markle ever met. This is a huge violation of his privacy, and unfortunately there is more going on.
According to The Guardian, earlier this year, Markle and Prince Harry felt that their safety was at risk because helicopters flew over their rented house to get photos. The prince said in a statement that photos of the living and dining areas were obtained, as well as direct photos of the bedroom. How terrible for the duke and duchess to deal with that.
Why is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s relationship with the media much worse than people realize?
Most royal fans don’t realize how scary it can be behind the scenes. We all see the gossip articles about Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, but it is easy to forget that there is often more going on. The royal couple treats their fair share of negativity, yet they are constantly harassed, something they desperately try to get away with. Their relationship with the media is much worse than people think, and we can only hope that it will improve over time.