What Advice Would Princess Diana Give to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle About Dealing With the Media?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are navigating the pressures of the spotlight as well as they can, but they certainly could use the wisdom of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana. Her former butler and personal assistant believes she would have offered the couple some assistance in this area, having suffered the intense scrutiny of the media herself.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry and Markle are fighting the media

The Sussexes have had a year of intense scrutiny from the public and the media and have had enough, even taking legal action against the tabloid that published Markle’s private letter to her father.

At the time the news broke of their lawsuit, Prince Harry released a statement to explain the bullying Markle has endured and his fears that she could suffer a similar fate as his mother.

He explained: “There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face — as so many of you can relate to — I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been…”

He shared that his “deepest fear is history repeating itself.” Prince Harry explained: “I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”

Prince Harry and Markle could have learned from Princess Diana

According to Princess Diana’s former assistant, Paul Burrell, Markle could have learned from Prince Harry’s late mother.

Burrell shared in the Smithsonian Channel’s documentary, Princess Diana’s ‘Wicked’ Stepmother, “When I have something to say, I’m not afraid of saying it because I was there,” adding that he feels that he has “a duty to the princess, her memory and the boys.”

Burrell noted: “I don’t think the media are being fair with Meghan and Harry,” adding that Markle has become “a royal, a mother and a wife within one year. Cut her a bit of slack. I mean, how much do you want her to go the wringer before she suffers from mental illness?” 

He continued, explaining the advice that Diana could have offered, sharing: “[Princess Diana] would have run toward her and embraced her. She would have given all the advice that she could have. I think Diana would say to them, ‘Don’t do what I did. Don’t listen to everything that’s being said about you. Don’t read it. Don’t watch it. You know who you are.’” 

As for Prince Harry and Markle’s upcoming extended stay in the U.S., he shared, “It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if they decided to buy a property here in the United States,” adding that “they should go to where they’re embraced, not to where they’re not wanted.” 

Burrell also shared an interesting perspective Princess Diana once shared with him: “She said, ‘If you unzip somebody and look inside them, they’re made of exactly the same stuff.’ That’s something Meghan can take from this documentary: the princess’ compassion.”