Harry’s anger at tabloid ‘lies’

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Richard Palmer Royal Cor­re­spon­dent

PRINCE Harry at­tacked the press last night and re­vealed Meghan is su­ing a pa­per for pub­lish­ing a let­ter she wrote to her fa­ther.

The Duke of Sus­sex said The Mail on Sun­day’s pub­li­ca­tion of the let­ter – in which his wife said her fa­ther Thomas Markle had bro­ken her heart – was part of a cam­paign of vil­i­fi­ca­tion.

Harry, 35, said: “As a cou­ple we be­lieve in me­dia free­dom and truth­ful re­port­ing.We re­gard it as a cor­ner­stone of democ­racy and in the cur­rent state of the world – on ev­ery level – we have never needed re­spon­si­ble me­dia more. Un­for­tu­nately, my wife has

be­come one of the lat­est vic­tims of a British tabloid press that wages cam­paigns against in­di­vid­u­als with no thought to the con­se­quences – a ruth­less cam­paign that has es­ca­lated over the past year, through­out her preg­nancy and while rais­ing our new­born son.

“There is a hu­man cost to this re­lent­less pro­pa­ganda, specif­i­cally when it is false and ma­li­cious, and al­though we have con­tin­ued to put on a brave face I can­not be­gin to de­scribe how painful it has been.” Harry in­voked his late mother Princess Diana’s prob­lems with the me­dia.

“There comes a point when the only thing to do is stand up to this be­hav­iour, be­cause it de­stroys peo­ple and de­stroys lives,” he said.

“Though this ac­tion may not be the safe one, it is the right one. My deep­est fear is his­tory re­peat­ing it­self.

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

He added: “The pos­i­tive cov­er­age of the past week from the same pub­li­ca­tions ex­poses the dou­ble stan­dards of this press pack that has vil­i­fied her al­most daily for nine months.

“They have been able to cre­ate lie af­ter lie at her ex­pense sim­ply be­cause she has not been vis­i­ble while on ma­ter­nity leave.

“She is the same woman she was a year ago on our wed­ding day, just as she is the same woman you’ve seen on this Africa tour.”

Meghan, 38, is su­ing The Mail on Sun­day and its par­ent com­pany As­so­ci­ated News­pa­pers.The case is be­ing pri­vately funded by the duke and duchess.

HARRY and Meghan were re­united yes­ter­day af­ter a week apart on their Africa tour – with the Prince’s wife ad­mit­ting: “I miss him so much.”

The Duchess of Sus­sex said while she had en­joyed a “re­ally pow­er­ful” first time in South Africa, she could not wait to see her hus­band.

Speak­ing at an event where she once again high­lighted the is­sue of vi­o­lence against women and girls in the coun­try, Meghan said: “Be­ing able to be in Africa and South Africa, has been re­ally pow­er­ful.

“Harry has con­tin­ued on in a cou­ple of other coun­tries.

“We are re­unit­ing to­day, which I can’t wait for. I miss him so much!

“But I think, for us, it has been a re­ally spe­cial trip, be­cause you get to see when you’re fo­cussing on the causes that are re­ally im­por­tant to us. You can see that the im­pact is good and it feels mean­ing­ful.”

Stag­ger­ing

Meghan and Harry have used their royal tour to speak about gen­der-based vi­o­lence, ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion, the en­vi­ron­ment and con­ser­va­tion.

The Duke of Sus­sex has taken trips to Botswana, An­gola and Malawi over the past week, with­out his wife and new son Archie.

The four-month-old baby is too young to fly on the planes used to get around the con­ti­nent.

Asked how the baby was find­ing his first tour, Meghan said: “We’re do­ing well. They have been very kind to me, be­cause ev­ery­thing is based around Archie’s feed times.

“So it’s a full plate, but we’re mak­ing it work. It’s worth it.”

Ear­lier in the day, Meghan vis­ited Jo­han­nes­burg Uni­ver­sity to meet stu­dents as part of her role as pa­tron with the As­so­ci­a­tion of Com­mon­wealth Uni­ver­si­ties, be­fore mov­ing to a lo­cal school to tackle the trou­bling is­sue of gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

The for­mer ac­tress said the coun­try was at a “cri­sis state”. Dur­ing a meet­ing at Ac­tion Aid, which cam­paigns for so­cial jus­tice, Meghan said more needed to be done to ed­u­cate men and boys on the sub­ject.

She said: “It is at a cri­sis state here and the age range that it is hap­pen­ing at is re­ally stag­ger­ing.”

Mean­while, on his last day in Malawi, Harry told a group of young peo­ple to “hold on to your dreams” as he vis­ited a health clinic in a re­mote vil­lage.

The Duke sat down with the teenagers for a pri­vate chat in the ru­ral heart­land of the coun­try, af­ter learn­ing about the work of med­i­cal staff and other health work­ers at the cen­tre.

He also urged them to show kind­ness, em­pa­thy and to work to­gether.

On the last day, Harry and Meghan will visit a Jo­han­nes­burg town­ship be­fore meet­ing Graca Machel, the widow of late South African pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela.

Pic­tures: PA, GETTY

Harry at the Mauwa Health Cen­tre in Blan­tyre, Malawi, above, as Meghan greets fans at Ac­tion Aid in Cape Town yes­ter­day, right

Pic­tures: GETTY, PA, EPA

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