Throughout the weeks the tabloids have bombarded the headlines, embracing Prince Harry’s new relationship with actress and activist Meghan Markle, but this embrace was certainly not warm to say the least. In a cruel storm of publishing, the tabloids released information regarding the born and bred Los Angeles actress, here is what the tabloids had to say:
“Prince Harry’s ‘girlfriend’ Meghan Markle features on X-rated Pornhub website in steamy TV scenes” – The Mirror
“Meghan’s sister Samantha hit out at her sibling, calling her “shallow”, “narcissistic” and driven by “social climbing”.” – The Mirror
“PRINCESS BEHAVIOUR? Prince Harry’s ‘secret girlfriend’ Meghan Markle strips down to her underwear for racy sex scene” – The Sun
Regarding her father and mother, Thomas and Doria:
“Thomas, a lighting director, is currently thought to be in Mexico and recently filed for bankruptcy after racking up debts of $30,000 (£24,000).”- The Mirror
“Doria, who also filed for bankruptcy herself in 2002 over a $52,750 credit-card bill, appears to be the one of the defining influences in her daughter’s life.”- The Mirror
“EXCLUSIVE: Harry’s girl is (almost) straight outta Compton: Gang-scarred home of her mother revealed – so will he be dropping by for tea?”- The Daily Mail
As seen above, the tabloids tried vociferously to demean and smear her in classic hack-job fashion. their incessant coverage of her scene in Suits being featured on a pornography site, the revealing of the bankruptcy of her parents, the bombardment of her friends and relatives to get damaging material ,the focus on her recent divorce and the attempt to frame her as a social climber reveal contempt among the tabloids for the starlet.
News outlets such as the guardian have criticised the tabloids expressing that their coverage is fuelled by a desire to stop the “blue-blooded” monarchy tarnishing its heritage with a bi-racial girl, Nesrine Malik of the Guardian commented:
“The fixation on her racial background, the digging into her family’s past to make tenuous trite points about her being a descendant of slaves in a relationship with a royal, the pearl-clutching at her dreadlocked mother and the consequent potential threat to the purity of the royal bloodline, were all so intense that today it prompted Prince Harry to issue a statement, striking in its tone of genuine indignation”
Nesrine is referring to an “impassioned” statement made by Prince Harry who valiantly stepped in making the following statement via Kensington Palace:
“Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.
“Some of it has been hidden from the public – the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.”
The Daily Mail responded to scrutiny of their publications saying:
“The public has a legitimate interest in the life story of a woman romantically connected to the son of our future king – a woman who has herself assiduously courted publicity to promote her commercial interest.”
Indeed, there is a worrying tendency, particularly among the young royals, to expect all the advantages that go with their birth, while at the same time wanting to enjoy the privacy afforded to those of the Queen’s subjects who have to work nine-to-five for a living.”
Columnist Sarah Vine of the Daily Mail was less diplomatic saying:
“He seems to be saying: ‘Even though I lead a life of unbelievable privilege and could conceivably one day be king, I am entitled to exactly the same privacy as the humblest dweller of the humblest bungalow”
Finally, The Sun and the Mirror stated simply:
The Sun: “Harry’s attack on the media for ‘crossing the line’ was ill-judged”.
The Mirror: “scrutiny comes with the job when you’re a royal”.