Daily US Times: After years of strained relations, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Harry and Meghan are cutting off all dealings with four of the United Kingdom’s biggest tabloid newspapers.
The newspapers — the Express, the Mirror, the Sun and the Daily Mail — were notified of the new policy in a letter sent on Sunday on behalf of Harry and Meghan.
Their new approach also applies to the Sunday and online editions of those tabloids.
The couple said in the letter that they believe a free press “is a cornerstone to any democracy” but added that “there is a real human cost” to the way the tabloids go about their business.
The letter states: “It is gravely concerning that an influential slice of the media, over many years, has sought to insulate themselves from taking accountability for what they say or print—even when they know it to be distorted, false, or invasive beyond reason. When power is enjoyed without responsibility, the trust we all place in this much-needed industry is degraded.”
Since their marriage, the couple have had a rough time with the media and spoken out against what they say is the relentless and aggressive coverage of Meghan in particular.
Prince Harry has described some of the coverage of his wife as containing “racial undertones.”
72 female members of the UK parliament authored a joint letter last year condemning coverage of her, calling it “outdated,” “colonial,” and an invasion of privacy.
The letter sent to the British papers states that the Duchess and Duke and their communications team will not engage with the outlets in any way.
“There will be no corroboration and zero engagement,” the letter explains.
It says: “This policy is not about avoiding criticism,” the letter continues. “It’s not about shutting down public conversation or censoring accurate reporting. Media have every right to report on and indeed have an opinion on The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, good or bad. But it can’t be based on a lie.”
“What they won’t do is offer themselves up as currency for an economy of clickbait and distortion.”
When the couple shocked everyone announcing their plan to step away from official royal duties in January this year, several British tabloids have increased their focus on Meghan, dubbing the move “Megxit” while some have accused her of turning Harry into a “joker” and leaving him behind to deal with the fall out while she rejoined their son in Canada.
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