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Harry Meghan announcement, couple says they will no longer participate

Harry Meghan announcement, couple says they will no longer participate.

The announcement by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, that they would step back from their role as senior royals was light on specifics, with the exception of one area: their so-far fraught relationship with the media.

After months of negative press coverage and a lawsuit against a British tabloid, the couple on Wednesday said they would no longer participate in the established system of media access to the royals, known as the royal rota.

Instead, the couple said they planned to release information via their own social media channels, as well as “engage with grassroots media organizations” and other “credible media outlets.”

“Britain’s Royal Correspondents are regarded internationally as credible sources of both the work of members of The Royal Family as well as of their private lives,” the couple said on their newly website. “This misconception propels coverage that is often carried by other outlets around the world, amplifying frequent misreporting.”

They noted that the current arrangement “makes it challenging” to share “moments in their lives” and said they want to “broaden access to their work.”

That Harry, who is sixth in line to the throne, and Meghan chose to focus on the media’s role in their new lives should not be a surprise. A sign of the media’s fascination with the couple came Thursday, when the story dominated the front pages of both broadsheets and tabloids across the United Kingdom.

This interest is not universally positive and commentators were quick to get the knives out.

In The Mail, which devoted 17 pages of coverage to the story, commentator Sarah Vine wrote: “It’s almost as if nothing matters to this couple apart from their own immediate happiness and gratification, as though they are incapable of seeing beyond their own little bubble of privilege.”

She suggested the “ultimate responsibility” for the decision was with Harry, who she said “at the very least could have warned” his family about their plans.

Meanwhile, in The Sun, Hugo Vickers wrote that it was “impossible not to think” that Harry “has been influenced by his wife with her Californian ideas.”

Even the more austere Times of London said that the “announcement carries all the hallmarks of the petulance and hot-headedness for which Prince Harry is sadly becoming well-known.”

The National Union of Journalists also criticized the couple’s decision to pull out of the Royal Rota system, which invites representatives from each media sector to cover events on the understanding that they will share all material obtained with other members of their sector.

It said it was another attempt to “prevent the media from functioning and compromising the ability of journalists to do their jobs, which is completely unacceptable”.

In October, the couple revealed a lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday, a major U.K. tabloid, for misuse of private information, among other claims. At the time, Harry released a scathing statement accusing the tabloid press of a “ruthless campaign” against his wife.

“I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,” he wrote.

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