Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been criticized for wanting privacy and controlling the media, from the way they introduced the world to their baby, Archie, to his private christening, to the way Markle banned people from taking photos of her at Wimbledon. One royal expert believes that it’s time for the couple to “get back to basics” with the media.
Prince Harry and Markle have faced negative criticism
Given that they are part of the royal family, many fans have wondered why the couple is being so protective of their privacy. As a result, the critics have been out in droves, arguing that Prince Harry and Markle should allow the public some access to their lives.
Royal commentator and author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, Duncan Larcombe, for one, is hoping that Prince Harry can “get back to basics” with the media, as he did during a royal briefing in southern Africa.
According to Larcombe, he was left “astonished” when Prince Harry was so welcoming to journalists during his Africa trip “years ago.”
Prince Harry’s surprising gesture
Larcombe noted, during a chat on LBC talk radio, that Harry should take a page from the gesture he once made to the media, noting, “Harry and Meghan haven’t done a lot to help themselves in terms of their PR strategy,” adding, “I think Harry needs to just get back to the basics.”
He recalled: “I remember covering a trip that he did to Lesotho in southern Africa years ago, and I turned up to the traditional royal briefing the evening before we were supposed to see him and his soldiers fixing a school in Lesotho.”
He continued: “I opened the door and then someone held the door open for me, and to my astonishment, it was Prince Harry standing there. Royals don’t turn up to briefings with journalists the night before they do an official engagement.”
Should Prince Harry and Markle fix their relationship with the media?
Larcombe admitted that the Sussexes don’t need to “go to those lengths,” but does believe that a bit more openness is in order, noting, “but don’t try and hide away and break that relationship with the media… because the things that have been written about them, particularly in columns, I think are vicious.”
He continued: “But unfortunately Harry and Meghan, maybe inadvertently, are giving those journalists enough ammunition to fire at them. And ultimately, the public may well decide that this couple have got above themselves.”
The Sussexes’ relationship with the media is a ‘two-way street’
Another expert, Daily Mirror Royal Editor Russell Myers had shared at the time of the christening ceremony that Prince Harry and Markle’s relationship with the media is a “two-way street,” telling ITV’s Lorraine: “The fact they went and did that and chose not to reveal the names of the godparents, not to have the cameras in to see some comings and goings of who was there. Entirely their prerogative, you might say.”
He noted: “However, it’s a two-way street with the media. My personal opinion is when they are doing their charitable endeavors, when they are on the tours, they welcome us in with open arms.”
Myers shared that “there is a lot of goodwill for Harry and Meghan, we do love them,” adding, “They just need to realize there are people out there who really do appreciate them, love the family, and want to see them enjoying celebratory times.”