Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Battle for Privacy Has Only Just Begun
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are looking to redefine how the royals interact with the press. The couple, who just returned from a tour of South Africa, are in the middle of an intense lawsuit against several British tabloids for invading their privacy and publishing personal letters. While Prince Harry is serious about guarding his family’s privacy, his war with the media has only just begun.
Prince Harry and Markle take on the tabloids
During the final leg of their South Africa tour, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced lawsuits against two British tabloids: the Sun and the Daily Mail.
Prince Harry accused the Sun of hacking into his phone and retrieving sensitive voice mails from the device. As royal watchers will recall, the voice-mail scandal made headlines in 2011, and the current case is likely linked to those reports.
According to Vanity Fair, the Sussexes are also taking the Daily Mail to court over letters they published that were originally written by Markle to her father, Thomas Markle.
The pair says that publishing the letters without Markle’s permission was a breach of copyright, not to mention that they framed the former actress in a negative light.
There is no telling what will become of the lawsuits, but the announcement shocked reporters around the world. Inside sources also claim that the couple’s own advisors did not see this coming, especially considering how it came while they were out of the country.
For the Sussexes, however, their fight with the media has been in development for quite some time, and their ultimate goal is to reshape their relationship with the press – and they may have a secret weapon at their disposal.
Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s war with the press
As part of their larger war against the press, Prince Harry and Markle are reportedly planning on using social media to their advantage.
This is one reason why the couple hired a former Burberry employee named David Watkins to control their Instagram account. With Watkins in the lead, the Sussexes hope to eliminate the press by using Instagram instead.
“For them, the future is Instagram over the press,” an insider dished. “They are reaching a global audience that’s more than the broadsheets and tabloids combined, and crucially presenting themselves the way they want to.”
The source added that Prince Harry is very keen on the idea of cutting out the press. The recent lawsuit is just another way for him to get back at the media for how they treated his late mother, Princess Diana, and Markle.
The insider also claims that Prince Harry is not concerned about winning or losing the lawsuit; he just wants the tabloids to account for their own behavior.
Prince Harry reportedly started a plan to eliminate the press years before he met the former actress. He allegedly wanted to use social media to craft his own image, which would go completely against what was being reported in the tabloids and newspapers.
While Prince Harry has not commented on these rumors, he has never been shy about his dislike for the media. Not only did he mention Princess Diana’s struggles with the paparazzi in his recent statement, but he also blasted the tabloids for how they have covered Markle the past few years.
What does Queen Elizabeth think of the lawsuit?
Given all the rumors surrounding Prince Harry and Markle, it is great to see them finally hitting back. But how does the rest of the royal family feel about their big plans?
Sources say that Queen Elizabeth, who only recently returned home from her vacation in Balmoral, is unsure how the lawsuit will play out in the press.
Her Majesty is reportedly concerned that things could get out of hand and put Prince Harry and Markle in uncomfortable situations. For example, there is a chance that Markle will be forced to testify against her own father, who was the person who leaked the private letters to the Daily Mail.
While Prince Harry and Markle have gone all-in against the press, Prince Charles and Prince William have yet to comment on the lawsuit. Unless that changes, this could mean that the Sussexes are on their own.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently returned to London following their ten-day tour of South Africa with their son, Archie Harrison.