The British Royal Family Is About to Limit the Press’ Access to Them in a Major Way, Expert Reveals
The British press and tabloids are notoriously challenging. Since modern-day media came into fruition, they’ve been known to examine and scrutinize the British royal family in all aspects of their lives and existence. Queen Elizabeth II‘s sister, Princess Margaret, who was known as the party princess, dealt with the press’ intrusion in her life.
When Princess Diana married into the royal family in 1981, she was stalked by the press at every turn. In fact, her tragic death was a result of being chased through the streets by the paparazzi. When Prince Harry was growing up, every misstep and rebellious move he made as a teen made front-page news. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have all been put through the wringer.
In order to handle the press, the royal family has invoked the rule of never to explain or complain. However, as we move further into the 21st century and a new generation of royals is rising, that’s about to change in a major way.
The British royal family has always had a difficult relationship with the press
The press has always used the royal family as a way to entertain the masses. However, their obsession with making a villain out of Meghan, a mixed-race former actress revealed just how ugly they could get. In fact, the racist, sexist, and nationalistic rhetoric was so horrifying to the Duchess of Sussex that she and Prince Harry left their roles as senior working royals.
It was a shocking decision because ignoring the press has always been the policy of the royal family. “If the press says something unkind and you respond, then the anger becomes the story,” royal author Tom Quinn told Fox News. “Someone once [told me] it’s the price [these royals] pay for being paid millions every year by British taxpayers to live like 18th-century aristocrats.”
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have decided to stand up against the press
When Kate initially got engaged to Prince William in 2010, the press was horrible to her, even though she’d been in his life for nearly a decade. “The press initially was very unkind to Kate Middleton and her parents,” Quinn explained. “They would describe how her mother Carole descended from the lowest of the low as she labored away in a very poor suburb of London. Now Carole is praised as a doting mother. But she never complained. She never said a word. And within a few days, the press moved on to something else. The same happened with Kate.”
Meghan, on the other hand, refused to remain quiet. From the beginning, she and Prince Harry spoke out about the untruths told about her. She tried to explain her side of the story. Meghan and the prince put out statements, they enacted a non-engagement with several outlets, and they even sued.
Now, following a scathing exposed of Kate by Tatler Magazine, it appears that the Cambridges are also done remaining quiet. In an unprecedented move, they’ve also taken legal action.
The British royal family is about to limit the press’ access to them
Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the royals are limiting the press’ access to them. “I think there’s going to be very little access to them,” Royal photographer Samir Hussein said on a. recent episode of the Royally Obsessed podcast. “When these opportunities do come up, it’s probably going to be just one or two photographers until things get back to some kind of normality. I think it’s just going to be limiting the number of photographers because it’s not just the proximity of us to [the royal family], but it’s also us to other photographers. Normally for a big engagement, there would be quite a few of us down there. I’m hoping there will be some opportunities in the coming weeks and months, but it will be very limited for sure. Not what we’re used to at all.”
Obviously, a major reason for this is health and safety, but it also seems like they’re ready to take back their own narrative from the press.