Daily US Times: Prince Harry has said racism from the British tabloid press that filtered into the rest of society was a “large part” of why he and his wife Meghan left the UK.
The Duke of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey in a bombshell interview that the UK tabloid media is “bigoted” and creates a “toxic environment” of “control and fear.”
He said he thought the Prince of Wales, his father, had to “make peace with it”.
The Society of Editors said in a response that the media is not bigoted and is holding the “rich and powerful to account”.
Meghan said social media had made the relationship with the press like “the wild, wild West” and said the palace’s press operation failed to defend her and Harry from untrue stories.
In the much-anticipated interview with Oprah, the couples covered a range of deeply personal topics, including mental health, racism, their relationship with the media and Royal Family dynamics.
The two-hour interview was broadcast last night in the United States and was screened in the UK on ITV on Monday night and on ITV Hub, courtesy of Harpo Productions/CBS.
Meghan said Harry had been asked by an unnamed family member “how dark” their son Archie’s skin might be when she was pregnant.
Oprah later said the family member was not the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh.
The couple announced their second child is a girl, which is due in the summer.
The couple also revealed that exchanged vows in a ceremony led by the Archbishop of Canterbury in their “backyard” three days before they were legally married at their public wedding in May 2018.
Harry said his brother Prince William and father Prince Charles were “trapped within the system” of the Royal Family.