Royal Expert Claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘Ruined It’ for Themselves When They Criticized the Media
Did Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex make a huge mistake when they criticized the media? One royal expert claims that the Sussexes were riding high with the positive press coverage during their tour of Africa and then they threw that all away with their emotional documentary interviews.
Prince Harry and Meghan had been enjoying some positive headlines
Despite a steady stream of critics attacking the couple, they began to enjoy some positive press while on their royal tour of Africa. They ditched the royal formalities and interacted with everyone they met — and even showed off baby Archie during the trip.
Meghan’s biggest critic, Piers Morgan, even gave them high praise, writing on the Daily Mail at the time that “their tour of South Africa has been an unqualified success. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex haven’t put a foot wrong as they’ve toured the country shining an important light on many issues from gender violence to poverty and education.”
“They’ve behaved like royals should behave — with dignity, grace, good humor and empathy,” he added.
The couple made a big mistake, however
One royal expert believes that the Sussexes “ruined it” for themselves when they spoke of how difficult it was to deal with the media’s constant criticism.
“There were positive headlines when they went to South Africa and unfortunately they ruined it on the penultimate day by criticizing the press,” former press spokesman to the Palace Dickie Arbiter told ITV Good Morning Britain.
He continued, “And coming out at the same time that they were suing one of the British tabloids. Everything they’ve done in terms of engagements has been brilliant. They’ve been welcomed everywhere.”
Prince Harry and Meghan squashed the favorable press
During Prince Harry and Markle’s Africa tour, there was very little negative press directed at them, as even their toughest critics were thrilled to see the pair abandoning formalities and connecting with everyone they encountered.
At the height of their popularity, they announced they’d be suing a tabloid, then they openly spoke about their struggles with life in the spotlight. They each gave emotional interviews for the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, in which they shared how difficult it had been to endure the media scrutiny.
Prince Harry shared during an interview at the time: “My mum clearly taught me a certain set of values of which I always try and uphold, despite the role and the job… I think I will always protect my family, and now I have a family to protect.”
“Everything that she went through and what happened to her is incredibly raw every single day, and that is not being me being paranoid. That’s just me not wanting a repeat of the past,” he added.
“If anybody else knew what I knew, be it a father or be it a husband, be it anyone,” he continued, “you would probably be doing exactly what I am doing as well.”
Many believed those very candid interviews damaged the good press they had been receiving during the trip.
PR expert Mark Borkowski believes that their documentary broke the royal rule of “never complain, never explain.” He told The Guardian: “You should just say, ‘that’s off limits’. But he made a story.” The documentary, according to Borkowski, was a “complete and utter disaster.”