William’s fears for troubled Prince Harry

Tough time: Meghan says friends warned her that British tabloids would “destroy” her life. © Getty

Were they right to speak out? After Harry and Meghan revealed their feelings in a candid TV interview, the Duke of Cambridge said he was “concerned” and hopes that his brother is all right.

In ITV’s new documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, broadcaster Tom Bradby asks Meghan how she is coping with attacks from the British press.

“Thank you for asking. Not many people have asked if I’m okay.” Her eyes sparkle with sadness. “But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

Harry, by her side, is bullish.

“I will not be bullied into playing the game that killed my mum,” he states, referring to Princess Diana’s 1997 crash as her car was pursued by paparazzi.

According to The Telegraph’s Camilla Tominey, this tell-all interview “feels on a par with Princess Diana’s explosive sit-down with Panorama” after her divorce from Prince Charles.

The interview was filmed during the Harry and Meghan’s recent tour of South Africa with their five-month-old son, Archie.

But the good mood soured when, on the last day of the trip, Harry released a statement accusing the British press of “ruthless” attacks on Meghan, and launched legal action against a group of newspapers over alleged phone hacking.

Were they right to do the interview?

From bad to worse?

It is a “spectacular own goal”, writes Melanie McDonagh in The Spectator. She argues that the Sussexes had “almost won back” the public’s good-will with their African tour featuring baby Archie, before they “turned benign coverage of their visit into shocked coverage of their state of mind”. She concludes, “Self-pity when you’re surrounded by privilege isn’t a good look.”

They are in the right, say scores of the couple’s fans and supporters. The couple is entitled to challenge the media’s campaign of vilification against Meghan. Those who criticise them for speaking out simply show that “what the people really want is a servile woman who keeps her head down and smiles when is appropriate”.

You Decide

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Activities

  1. If you were interviewing Prince Harry and Meghan, what five questions would you ask them?

Some People Say...

“People who read the tabloids deserve to be lied to.”

Jerry Seinfeld, US comedian

What do you think?

Q & A

What do we know?
Harry and Meghan: An African Journey was broadcast in the UK at 9pm on Sunday night, on ITV.
What do we not know?
The future of Prince Harry and Meghan’s place in the royal family. To escape the pressure, the family has announced a short break from royal duties in November.

Word Watch

Bullish
Aggressively self-assertive.
Paparazzi
Freelance photographers who take pictures of celebrities going about their everyday lives to sell on to newspapers and magazines.
On a par
Equal to; the same as.
Divorce
The couple had separated in the royal family’s “annus horribilis” of 1992, amid a series of scandals. Three years later, Diana appeared on the BBC show and openly discussed her failed marriage, including her husband’s affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.
A group
The lawsuit is targeting the publishers of The Daily Mirror, The Sun and now defunct News of the World.
Benign
Harmless.
Vilification
Abusively negative.
Servile
Like a servant.

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