A royal expert has claimed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “seem like they want to live in a communist regime” after Harry spoke out against some members of the media who he called “pirates with press cards”.
The Duke of Sussex attacked the media for spreading "misinformation" during a speech with Wird Magazine's RE:WIRED virtual summit.
He also condemned vile social media abuse of his wife and suggested the term ‘Megxit’ is “misogynistic”.
But now, speaking on the Mail’s Palace Confidential podcast, royal diarist Richard Eden hit back at Harry’s criticism of the press.
Responding to the Duke’s ‘pirate with press cards' label, Richard suggested: “It’s a good image, to be fair.
“Harry and Meghan, they love journalists, but they only love them when they’re sycophants or cheerleaders who are happy to say exactly what they’ve been spoonfed.
“He’s moved to the home of free speech in America, and they do often give the impression that they’d rather be living in a sort of communist regime, where what’s said about important people is dictated by them.”
Not all of the panel’s members agreed, though. Historian Tessa Dunlop argued: “I think it’s disingenuous of you to be quite so, ‘uhh it simply doesn’t make any sense’.”
The royal historian attempted to outline Harry's line of thinking, pointing to his criticism of ‘Megxit’, a term that had originated on social media before being adopted and spread by journalists.
The podcast’s host Jo Elvin interjected, explaining: “I guess Harry’s point is that he was more the architect of the exit; more of a ‘Hexit’, than a ‘Megxit, but she became this Yoko Ono figure of blame.
Jo also pointed out that Harry had said that he wanted social media to welcome people from all communities and beliefs, noting: “That’s not unreasonable, is it?”
This dialogue on misinformation comes after the Duchess of Sussex apologised, admitting that she knew a former aide was in contact with the authors of ‘“unauthorised biography” Finding Freedom.
The Sussexes had previously denied any involvement with the book.
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