As UK tabloid media this week hammered the idea that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are plotting to escalate their attacks on the royal family in their new memoir, the director of a recent documentary on Harry and Prince William Reasons for this are offered. The couple was justified in deciding that they no longer wanted to be at the mercy of the “racist, misogynistic, xenophobic press”.
Richard Sanders, who wrote “Harry and William: What Went Wrong?” had directed. Also on ITV this month writing About how the former mixed-race TV actress has been unfairly portrayed in the tabloids as a narcissistic, sly social climber. Instead, he said his investigation into him found him to be a smart, steely, and racially aware product of a California suburban upbringing who didn’t want to continue to be part of an institution that mingled with a toxic media. Was in “an unholy alliance”. .
“This was a man who would not adjust himself to be appointed by the Daily Mail to be the arbiter of his every choice,” Sanders wrote in an essay. for byline times. Meanwhile, Harry was known to hate the tabloid media, blaming them for the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana.
In the essay, Sanders also suggested that his documentary was legally justified in including a quote from a journalist that William’s staff had leaked a story to the media about how he was “about Harry’s mental health”. Was concerned. In an example of this “unholy alliance”, Sanders said that Kensington Palace was able to pressure ITV producers to remove that part of the quote from the final broadcast.
“People more important than myself admitted, although it seemed to me a perfectly legally defendable one,” Sanders said.
Sanders acknowledged that a major fallout between Harry and William, including Meghan, came before increasingly negative stories about Meghan that began appearing in tabloids in the fall of 2019.
The most infamous of these stories is that a few days before Meghan and Harry’s May 2018 wedding, Meghan made Kate Middleton cry during a dress fitting.
There have also been stories emerging in recent months that Meghan bullied Kensington Palace staff, forcing William to step down from his sister-in-law’s allegedly cruel ways and protect aides.
Sanders did not address the bullying allegations in his essay, but blamed the strained relationship between Meghan and her Kensington Palace staff on “a cultural gap” that existed between her and the world. Meanwhile, he said, Harry can be “quite atrocious”.
“He and Prince William are both famous for their short tempers – they were brought up as princes,” Sanders said.
Sanders’ documentary looked specifically at whether Meghan played a role in breaking the fraternal bond between Harry and William. To answer that question, it includes interviews with royal biographers and journalists, including Meghan and Harry’s journalist friend.
Omid Scobie portrays Meghan as a star who had come into the royal family as a talented, independent woman who thrived in Hollywood. So she saw herself as offering a fresh perspective on how the royal family could use their celebrity to advance their brand and cause they care about.
“Meghan was inspired and ready to work and she ruffled wings immediately,” said Scobie, co-author of “Finding Freedom,” a sympathetic book about Harry and Meghan’s 2020 exit from royal life and moving to the United States .
Meghan’s critics will say it was too arrogant for her to think the centuries-old monarchy would suddenly change its operations because of a newcomer. Similarly, Meghan, “definitely wasn’t someone who was going to change herself to please the people around her,” Scobie said.
Scobie also suggested Meghan said she and Harry were not as high in the royal hierarchy as William and Kate Middleton, as Harry is only sixth in line to the throne while William will one day become king.
“I thought they needed to be reminded too: ‘You’re not the star of the show here. There’s a hierarchy and you don’t come very high in it,'” Scobie said.
In her essay, Sanders agreed that Meghan and Harry’s low status in the hierarchy was an issue, mostly because she felt it left them vulnerable to the tabloid press. The royal family would be less likely to pull strings on Meghan and Harry’s behalf with tabloid editors if a damning story about the more highly-ranked William, Kate or Prince Charles was in the works.
“It is all too easy to see that a low-ranking couple like Harry and Meghan may face the inevitable horse-trading in the royal household over what stories go and which stories don’t – and How tense Sanders said, if he felt he was being used to divert attention from cover-ups or other, perhaps juicier, scoops.
Scobie was at the center of a controversy about Harry’s mental health, which was cut from the documentary.
As Scobie explained in the series, the leak from William’s staff came after Harry and Meghan gave a bombshell interview in South Africa in 2019. When the Duchess first suggested the royal family was indifferent to her mental health struggles, and Harry first confirmed there were tensions between her and her brother.
Original footage from the show quoted Scobie as saying, “I would say it was no coincidence that it was so soon after it aired, even the next day there were source quotes from a senior at Kensington Palace.” Came in from aide saying that William was concerned about his brother’s mental health.”
The Daily Mail reported that Kensington Palace threatened legal action if he did not finish the line “about his brother’s mental health”. The palace said it was “false and defamatory” and claimed that Scobie had no evidence to support such a claim.
Meanwhile, other royal experts interviewed for Sanders’ documentary were not so sympathetic to Meghan and Harry’s situation. He suggested Meghan and Harry love the media attention and court reporters, but only journalists who were going to offer them positive PR
Writer Robert Lacey, who reported on the allegations of bullying in an updated edition of his book, “Battle of Brothers”, quoted a source close to William as saying Meghan had an “agenda” from the beginning of her relationship with Harry. was. Lacey also quoted someone who said Meghan could be a “500 percent nightmare” because of her “never-ending PR”.