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Meghan and Harry faced royal family in ‘unholy’ alliance with UK tabloids


As the UK tabloid media fulminates this week over the idea that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may be plotting to escalate their attacks on the royal family in his new memoir, the director of a recent documentary on Harry and Prince William has offered up reasons for why the couple were justified in deciding they no longer wanted to be at the mercy of a  “racist, misogynist, xenophobic press.”

Richard Sanders, who directed  “Harry and William: What Went Wrong?” on ITV this month, also writes about how the mixed-race former TV actress has been wrongly portrayed in the tabloids as a narcissistic, conniving social climber. Instead, he said his investigation of her found she is a smart, steely and racially conscious product of a California suburban upbringing, who simply didn’t want to continue being part of an institution that was in “an unholy alliance” with a toxic media.

“This was a person who would never accommodate herself to having the Daily Mail appoint itself the arbiter of her every life choice,” Sanders wrote in an essay for Byline Times. Harry, meanwhile, was known to loathe the tabloid media, blaming them for the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana.

In the essay, Sanders also suggested that his documentary was legally justified in including a journalist’s quote that William’s staff had leaked a story to the media about how he was concerned “about Harry’s mental health.” In an example of this “unholy alliance,” Sanders said Kensington Palace was able to exert pressure on the ITV producers to have that portion of the quote removed from the final broadcast.

“People more important than myself acquiesced, although it seemed to me perfectly legally defendable,” Sanders said.

Sanders acknowledged that a major falling out between Harry and William, also involving Meghan, preceded the increasingly negative stories about Meghan that began appearing in the tabloids in the autumn of 2019.

The most notorious of these stories is that Meghan made Kate Middleton cry during a dress fitting days before Meghan and Harry’s May 2018 wedding.

Stories also have been filtering out in recent months that Meghan bullied staff at Kensington Palace, forcing William to step in and protect aides from his sister-in-law’s reportedly imperious ways.

Sanders didn’t address the bullying allegations in his essay but attributes the strained relations between Meghan and her Kensington Palace staff to “a cultural gulf” that existed between them and the world she came from. Meanwhile, he said, Harry could be “fairly imperious.”

“Both he and Prince William are renowned for their short tempers — they were brought up as princes after all,” Sanders said.

Sanders’ documentary specifically looked at whether Meghan played a role in the breakdown of the fraternal bond between Harry and William. To answer this question, it features interviews with royal biographers and reporters, including a journalist friend of Meghan and Harry’s.

Omid Scobie portrayed Meghan as a star who came into the royal family as a talented, independent woman, who had thrived in Hollywood. She therefore saw herself as offering a fresh approach …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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