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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in stoking a new war with the press (but strangely not including ‘The Sunday Sport’) just prior to the commencement of their case against Associated Newspapers, have yet again proved themselves as nothing but ridiculous attention seekers suggests Matthew Steeples

In a way you can’t blame the “tone death wastrels” that are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their latest move. In announcing they’ll childishly be ignoring the likes of the Daily Mail and The Sun completely henceforth, one can fathom that they think that such a strategy will make their ‘problems’ go away. Frankly, these entitled brats will very deservedly find quite to the contrary.

 

In a statement that appears to have been written by someone with no grasp or command of common sense or correct use of grammar, sent at the height of a global pandemic killing thousands each day, attention seeker ‘MeGain’ has achieved exactly what she wants: A return to herself garnering acres of press attention each and every moment. This mendacious madam has utterly no shame – after all, for her, it’s always just been the “me, me and more about bloody me” show – and in calling her out Andrew Neil is quite right. In a tweet, the veteran broadcaster remarked: “Their solipsism is amazing. Can’t they just consign themselves to oblivion for a while? Or at least hire someone who can write a press release in clear, decent English” and now this wicked wench will find to her cost that the silent majority will agree. We have all heard enough and more and more sympathy is switching to poor old Thomas Markle – a father who has been treated utterly abysmally by a deviant who’d put herself in the White House if she thought it might get herself just a bit more fame.

 

On Friday, the first hearing relating to Associated Newspapers publishing ‘The Modern Day Mrs Simpson’s’ correspondence to her father is due. Plainly, thus, this badly advised move is related to stoking the media up as part of a strategy to fight that case. It won’t work as the public are not as stupid as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex think, but most amusingly as one Dr Midd pointed out on Twitter: “Notice that Meghan and Harry haven’t included the Sunday Sport in their blacklisting, a victory for quality journalism.”

 

The full statement from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex:

 

As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex now settle into the next chapter of their lives and no longer receive any publicly funded support, we are writing to set a new media relations policy, specifically as it pertains to your organisation.

 

Like you, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex believe that a free press is a cornerstone to any democracy – particularly in moments of crisis. At its best, this free press shines light on dark places, telling stories that would otherwise go untold, standing up for what’s right, challenging power, and holding those who abuse the system to account.

 

It has been said that journalism’s first obligation is to the truth. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex agree wholeheartedly.

 

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.

 

There is a real human cost to this way of doing business and it affects every corner of society.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have watched people they know – as well as complete strangers – have their lives completely pulled apart for no good reason, other than the fact that salacious gossip boosts advertising revenue.

 

With that said, please note that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be engaging with your outlet. There will be no corroboration and zero engagement. This is also a policy being instated for their communications team, in order to protect that team from the side of the industry that readers never see.

 

This policy is not about avoiding criticism. It’s not about shutting down public conversation or censoring accurate reporting. Media have every right to report on The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, good or bad. But it can’t be based on a lie. They also want to be very clear: this is not in any way a blanket policy for all media.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to working with journalists and media organisations all over the world, engaging with grassroots media, regional and local media, and young, and up-and-coming journalists, to spotlight issues and causes that so desperately need acknowledging. And they look forward to doing whatever they can to help further opportunities for more diverse and underrepresented voices, who are needed now more than ever.

 

What they won’t do is offer themselves up as currency for an economy of clickbait and distortion.

 

We are encouraged that this new approach will be heard and respected.

 

The publications that the couple will not engage with not engage with henceforth are:

 

Daily Express

 

Daily Mail

 

Daily Mirror

 

express.co.uk

 

Mail on Sunday

 

MailOnline, including US outlet DailyMail.com

 

mirror.co.uk

 

Sunday Express

 

Sunday Mirror

 

Sunday People

 

The Sun

 

The Sun on Sunday

 

thesun.co.uk

 

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t send the witch Down Under!!!!!!!!!!! She’d only scare our Sheilas and try and bag herself a FOURTH husband!!!!!!!!!!! You heard it here first —- She’s been married twice before Hazza!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is a liar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. All that hope at the beginning has been squandered. Harry needs to take his wife in hand and he needs to tell her to grow up. Why also hasn’t Prince Charles intervened? Or is he washing his hands of the red-head? Is the boy even his son? The reaction makes me ponder that question yet again.

  3. I would have thought better of The Steeple Times. It is time you realised that the couple have been hounded just like Diana. They are doing exactly the right thing.

  4. Yet more poison here I see. It is digusting that you attack these lovely people just as you have done nothing to help dear Gerry and Kate McCann in their search to find their beloved daughter Madeleine. It is time you back the campaign to FIND MADELEINE, FIND HER NOW and it is time that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got themselves involved also. I would be far happier with them and the world would also if they got involved with FIND MADELEINE, FIND HER NOW and you must stop your poison about Gerry and Kate immediately henceforth. It is just too much and the focus on the virus and not on FINDING MADELEINE is making me very, very, very upset. Steeples Times needs to gets its priorities in order. FIND MADELEINE, FIND HER NOW.

  5. P.s. Why is Prince Harry behaving like Donald Trump? It is not a classy trait to throw your toys out of the Pram with the media

  6. If ever there were an advert for abolishing the monarchy it’s these two – and I say this as someone who is a great supporter of The Firm.

    • Simon: No… Ginge and Cringe have distanced themselves from the Royal Family, so let’s not associate them with it. And in the next year or do, when the stories for the tabloids run dry, they’ll be even more irrelevant.
      The rest of the RF do huge amounts of good for charity and business, let’s concentrate on that

  7. I cannot bear them, go away and live in America quietly. We have more important things going on. Fade in to the background like you wanted to. Oh no not when there is a buck to be made. Awful

  8. These two twerps need to go and live in Disney land.

    “Like you, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex believe that a free press is a cornerstone to any democracy”

    That is as long as you only print nice things about us, what a pair of hypocrites, Me me Megain breaks her pretty little neck to get as much publicity as possible, but when it’s any bad publicity, she spits the dummy. As for under the thumb Harry pot head, it’s happy wife happy life. I would truly love the whole planet to completely ignore these muppets, and see how long it takes for them to disappear from the world stage. We love publicity as long as it’s all positive. As far as I’m concerned, the good old USA is welcome to the pair of you, and don’t come back with your tails between your legs when it all ends in tears, and mark my words, this marriage won’t last.

  9. The two disgusting professional freeloaders,Meghan markle and prince harry should be kicked out of the firm. Why does the queen put up with them? They trash the firm and then kiss up to them for support. Who does that? They have no honor and respect.

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