Prince Harry watched his mother break up under media control and now he watches his wife fall victim to the same forces. Understandably, he has enough and takes a position. But his attack on the media should come as no surprise.
Harry gave them many warnings before taking legal action that had been ignored for the most part. In the future, we may see a huge change in media coverage of royal maps, and this does not look good for traditional media.
Prince Harry warns the media
When Harry began dating Megan Markle in 2016, the media quickly jumped at the new couple with headlines like "Harry's girlfriend is (almost) straight Compton. Bad reports and what was perceived as "sexism and racism" were soon summoned by the prince.
In an unprecedented move, the Kensington Palace issued a statement warning the press to back down. It all started by stating that Harry was aware of his privilege and the interest that surrounded him. "He feels happy that there are so many people who support him and he knows what a happy and privileged life he is leading."
However, he went on to say that the media were unfair in their coverage of Markle . He accused them of writing defamatory stories and harassing Markle's family and friends. "Prince Harry is concerned about Ms Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he failed to protect her," the message said.
Since the statement was published, it has created a conversation in the media, but there seems little change in their coverage.
Prince Harry is following the media
Little has changed since Harry warned the media in 2016, so he is now taking legal action to protect his wife. In early October, Harry issued a statement announcing his claim against the Associated Newspapers for issuing a private letter, which he claimed was a copyright infringement and a breach of the Data Protection Act of 2018
In his passionate statement Harry reminded the public of the harm his mother suffered from the abuse of the media and said that he could no longer just be a silent witness to the suffering of those he loved. "There comes a time when all we have to do is defend this behavior because it destroys people and destroys life," he writes.
It was later announced that Harry was also suing the owners of The Sun and The Daily Mirror for illegally accessing voicemail messages. This is most likely related to the phone hacking scandal that went public in 2011.
Prince Harry plans to change the way information is made available to the public
With all the drama and chaos caused by the media for Harry and his family understand that they have become dissatisfied with the entire organization. However, they still understand the importance of staying connected to the British people.
Fortunately, the media is changing and there is now another way in which the royal wheels control their image – social media.
Just as Donald Trump prefers to speak directly to the public via Twitter, it is rumored that the royal family views social media as the future of public relations. This would allow them to have much more control over their image and cut out the unnecessary average person.
A source for Vanity Fair claims that even before starting with Markle, Harry planned to terminate royal reporters and photographers by taking control of his image through social media.
Harry is obviously working on these plans since most of the updates we hear from the palace are now made through their Instagram account.
For example, Sussexes relied heavily on Instagram during their time in Africa to inform the public of their travels. And when their son Archie was born, the message came via Instagram. With over 9.7 million follow-ups on Sussex's official Instagram account, why would they bother to contact the dinosaur media with a big message?
The old media may be in trouble. Pianos are able to speak directly to the public with social media, and now, after Harry's legal action, we are likely to see a major change in the way news is processed in the future. After all, it may not include traditional retail outlets at all.