Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Pen Letter Cutting Ties with Four UK Tabloids
“When power is enjoyed without responsibility, the trust we all place in this much-needed industry is degraded."
In a letter that went out to editors on Sunday night (April 19), the Duke and Duchess made it clear that there would be "no corroboration and zero engagement" with the publications. The couple made it crystal clear that they disagree with the "style of reporting" from The Daily Mail, The Mirror, The Sun, and The Express.
As a result, since the pair feel as though these publications have "pulled apart" lives over the years, they will no longer be responding to media inquiries from said outlets, nor will they communicate or respond to them in any way.
"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 will be distorted, false, or invasive beyond reason,” the couple says in the letter. “When power is enjoyed without responsibility, the trust we all place in this much-needed industry is degraded," Meghan and Harry wrote in the joint letter. However, they also noted that this decision has never been about "avoiding criticism," or about "shutting down public conversation."
Further, this isn't a "blanket policy for all media," as the couple's letter states. It's an important missive that will cut out the publications specifically mentioned.
"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," the pair explained further about their decision.
"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," the letter concluded. The pair are serious about changing the way they communicate with the British media – and it looks like this is a decision that they won't be goingback on anytime soon.