Have Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Made Mistakes With the Media?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might have made some “mistakes” in the way they’ve handled the media but, according to one royal expert, the press and the public still support the couple. Will Harry and Markle make any changes to their attempt to maintain privacy once Archie is older or will they continue to keep him out of the spotlight?

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Why have Prince Harry and Markle been criticized?

The media and public have found Prince Harry and Markle’s requests for privacy to be a bit of a sticking point, most recently the couple’s decision to have a private christening ceremony for the baby and Markle’s seemingly odd ban on anyone taking photos of her while she sat courtside at Wimbledon.

These attempts at keeping their lives a bit more private haven’t been so well accepted, as royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express that the couple made “mistakes.”

He shared: “I think it is important they appreciate that the vast majority of the press, I admit a few columnists and vile trolling online, but also the vast majority of the British public wish them well and certainly when it comes to the causes they intend to aspire, they are tremendously important today and for young people most particularly and those with a contemporary outlook.”

Fitzwilliams added: “The fact they also want to, female empowerment, diversity and so forth, that they are championing things that are very significant, and also mental health — which is very very important. What is essential to get your charitable message across is to have populations that are receptive to it.”

He noted that being in the media spotlight “is part and parcel of the royal goldfish bowl,” including their desire that Archie be a “private citizen,” but that it’s “a very difficult line to tread.”

He added: “There’s no doubt there have been some mistakes there.”

Will Prince Harry and Markle change course?

Many have wondered if the couple will let the media into their lives a bit more and Fitzwilliams believes that may happen, sharing, “My feeling is when you have tours abroad and they are coming up, the handling of that will be all-important.”

He continued: “When they go to the United States, it will be quite literally a royal visit, a right royal visit, and Archie, of course, will be frequently photographed and in the news. So it’s really a question of doing what they intend to do, but doing it in a way which doesn’t give critics in the press and also, you want to feel there isn’t this distance.”

Fitzwilliams further noted: “Especially if you are as youth-orientated and as orientated to contemporary issues, as Meghan and Harry are and obviously as they hope Archie will one day be, it’s important you take the vast majority of the population that are interested in these things, and also the press, as so far as it is possible, with you. Hence the fact small details and sudden decisions, particularly regarding the christening — they were unnecessary.”