By this point, everyone knows that Prince Harry has negative feelings towards the press. There are words being thrown around like “war” especially now that the Duke of Sussex made the bold move to take legal action against the British tabloids The Sun and Daily Mirror. His resentment towards overly aggressive reporters isn’t new — he’s been complaining about them for years — but it seems like Prince Harry has stepped things up a notch.
But this impending lawsuit isn’t the end of Prince Harry’s
quest to regain
control of his royal image. Instead, it’s one single piece in the puzzle
and a step in the direction that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are headed. The
Duke and Duchess of Sussex aren’t just suing the tabloids. They’re completely
changing the way royals share news and enlighten fans.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle believe the future of media
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex practically broke the internet
when they launched their joint Instagram account earlier this year. In a matter
of hours, they had millions
of followers and even broke the Guinness World Record for gaining the most
followers in the shortest amount of time.
And now Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are upping their
social media game. Former Burberry employee David Watkins was hired to help the
couple create their social
media brand and promote themselves via a whole new platform.
“For them, the future is
Instagram over the press,” a source told Vanity Fair. “They are reaching a
global audience that’s more than the broadsheets and tabloids combined, and crucially
presenting themselves the way they want to. As far as Harry is concerned, it’s a way of
cutting out the mainstream press, which is very convenient because he basically
hates the press.”
The traditional press is at a disadvantage for news coverage
Press outlets trying to
keep up with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex certainly have their work cut out
for them. The couple is notoriously private and stingy with what they choose
to share, like when they waited several days to share photos of their newborn
son Archie with the world.
Even more recently, reporters were told that baby Archie would be meeting with Desmond Tutu in Africa but were asked to uphold an embargo on the news, which isn’t uncommon with huge stories and events. However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke their own rule when they shared the photo on Instagram.
“The fact that there was
an embargo was ludicrous,” one royal reporter lamented. “They were meant to
agree to an embargo on a story that the Sussexes were streaming to millions of
people online. Suffice to say, the reporters broke the embargo on their Twitter
feeds and hit send on the story.”
Another photographer agreed
that these tactics are making the press “redundant.”
Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle don’t think they need the press
It’s true enough that
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s popularity
has taken on a life of its own. But can they really push the initiatives they’re
promoting without the assistance of the press?
They think the answer is yes.
As the couple continues to promote themselves via social media and discourage
traditional press outlets from talking about them, we’re going to start to see
a very different approach to royal coverage.
Only time will tell if
that’s a good thing.