Prince Harry Feels Betrayed by the Media
Things have certainly been intense for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently. Fresh off of their six-week hiatus from royal life, the Sussexes announced that they would be stepping back from their positions as senior members of the British royal family.
Now that the Sussexes have come to an agreement with Queen Elizabeth II and the remaining senior royals, we know that they will no longer be working royals at all. The pair will become financially independent and focus on their own charitable entities.
Days after the emergency royal summit, the Duke of Sussex has spoken candidly about why he chose to step away from royal life, and the role the media had in that decision.
It was Prince Harry’s decision to step away from royal life
Though the media is blaming Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for what they are calling Megxit — in a reception for his charity, Sentebale, the duke made it clear that it was his choice to step back and protect his family.
“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” he said.“It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always got it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”
Prince Harry has always blamed the media for Princess Diana’s death
When Princess Diana was alive, especially during the years of her separation and subsequent divorce from Prince Charles — the media was obsessed with her. When she died in a car crash in August 1997, the paparazzi were chasing her through the streets of Paris, and they continued to snap photos of her as she lay dying in the street.
Prince Harry was just 12 years old when his mother passed away, and he’s grief and anger with the media was overwhelming for years, In Angela Levin’s 2018 book, Harry: In Conservation with the Prince, she wrote,
At the time he’d felt trapped by his royal life and grief-stricken over the loss of his mother. He badly needed someone to talk to about this but it was hard to find anyone emotionally available he could lean on. It was not a subject he felt able to raise with his father who was very happy with Camilla and had made a new, more contented life for himself. Nor could [Harry] open his heart to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh who had mixed feelings about the charismatic but troubled princess and believed that emotions should be kept under control. While Harry, like his mother, does not.
Prince Harry feels betrayed by the media
From his mother’s death to his rebellious teen years, the British media hasn’t always been kind to Prince Harry. However, in the last decade or so, the duke felt he’d built a respectful relationship with the press. Following his marriage to the duchess, he realized that was not the case.
In fact, the duke is currently suing The Mail On Sunday for publishing a private letter Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sent her father, Thomas Markle.
“You’ve looked out for me for so long, but the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us,” he said in his speech.
We’re just glad the Sussexes are doing what’s best for them.