Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been criticized as hypocritical for a recent media campaign promoting a Netflix documentary and his new memoir, with critics questioning the couple’s frustration with the media spotlight as they re-enter the public spotlight.
On Sunday, two interviews featuring Prince Harry will be aired for publicity Publication of the memorial book “Reserve”, It will hit bookstores on January 10. Both the UK’s ITV and CBS News’ 60 Minutes have shared parts of their sit-down with the Duke of Sussex, in which the 38-year-old continues to air his grievances. monarchy.
His book revealed in 2020 that the father-of-two and his wife Markle were stepping back, following the release of a Netflix documentary detailing the relationship and experiences that led to the couple’s decision to make a fresh start in the US. High-ranking members of the British royal family. In 2021, they spoke about their decision to split in a high-profile television interview with Oprah Winfrey, where they complained about intrusive media coverage.
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But with the couple thrust back into the spotlight, critics are wondering if it’s the privacy they want or if it’s all part of a deliberate strategy to control their own press coverage.
“Prince Harry has destroyed himself, his reputation and any goodwill that existed before the publication of his book,” said Neil Gardiner, a former aide to Margaret Thatcher. “He has become a pariah to the British people and is likely to go into exile in his California mansion with the massively destructive Meghan Markle.”
“Prince Harry: We want privacy!!! Also Prince Harry: Please watch my Netflix documentary, media interviews and my new memoir,” agreed Hollywood talent manager Steve Grossman.
“Netflix series, tell-all memoirs and TV interviews? For someone devoted to privacy, Harry certainly makes it hard to justify shutting down the press in the next court case…” replied The Scotsman’s deputy political editor Connor Matchett.
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“I thought they just wanted their privacy … all the evidence is to the contrary,” observed former sportscaster Michelle Tafoya.
Former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker poked fun at Harry’s return to the spotlight in a tweet referring to the current chaos over the House speakership.
“Out of respect for his family’s privacy, Prince Harry has announced his candidacy for Speaker of the House of Commons,” she joked.
Almost half of the British public say Prince Harry should be stripped of his royal title after the NETFLIX series.
In the Netflix documentary, Harry spoke harshly about how the royal press team works and how his relationship with his older brother Prince William, as well as the rest of the royal family, has been strained. Markle has described wanting to end her life as she struggles to cope with toxic reports from the British press.
Her memoir reportedly goes a step further, detailing a personal battle with older brother Prince William, who allegedly called Meghan Markle “difficult,” “rude” and “abrasive,” among other things.
Sussex’s global press secretary hit back at critics accusing the couple of hypocrisy, strongly condemning “untrue narratives” about the reasons for the split.
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“The Duke and Duchess have never cited privacy as a reason for withdrawal,” a statement to People Magazine said. “They choose to share their story on their own terms, but the tabloid media has created a completely untrue narrative that permeates the press and public opinion. The facts are right in front of them.”
Fox News’ Ashley Hume contributed to this report.