The Daily Mail (I know) has an article about Prince William‘s reaction to Prince Harry‘s statement defending Meghan Markle against the racist and sexist attacks she was getting after their relationship was exposed, and it’s too cute by half. There is also an article from the Financial Times in here about the relationship between the press and the royals and their team. There are also some photos of Harry’s tour at the end.
You can read the full thing at the Daily Mail, but here are some quotes from “sources”:
On William’s thoughts on Harry releasing the statement, a “well-placed Palace source” said:
“He thinks Harry made a mistake in confirming the relationship and releasing such an emotional statement so soon [into it]. He feels that the statement offered up too much information and only served to fuel speculation about how serious Harry is about Meghan. It could also put him in a difficult position in the future regardless of whether the relationship leads to something or not. William knows that his brother can be hot-headed and understands that it is something he felt very strongly about. Privately, he shares a lot of the sentiments he and Meghan expressed as, make no mistake, she was very involved in the statement too. But he believes it was wrong to make his feelings so public.”
The DM says William “was made aware of the statement before Harry put it out”, and a KP spokesman said:
“The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him.”
The “source” said:
“William is of the opinion that you need to keep your powder dry on these sorts of things and they, as a family, should only resort to making public statements when there is no other option left. He just doesn’t feel this was a big enough issue to make a fuss about.”
That first quote sounds like someone has been reading Twitter and blogs, because those are literally the same things many people have said on Twitter and blogs about Harry’s statement: that the statement was too emotional, that is only served to fuel speculation on the relationship, etc.
This article makes me giggle, though, because it seems like someone (William, his team, the DM?) was sitting around thinking of ways to make William seems better since no one cared about his Vietnam trip, and they read the reaction to Harry’s statement from royal watchers, and were like “Kill two birds with one stone!” and came up with this: that William totally agrees with many royal watchers that the statement should have been worded better. Bam. Done. Cut the check.
UPDATE: The Telegraph has a story saying William approved of Harry’s statement before it went out. A royal source told The Telegraph:
“They don’t issue statements like that without talking to each other, and they talked about the Meghan Markle statement extensively in advance of it being put out. The Duke was as alarmed as anyone about what was happening with Meghan. No-one wanted to have to put that statement out, including Prince Harry, and there was concern about confirming the relationship. But over the course of one weekend things escalated to the extent that Prince Harry felt he had to act.”
Another royal insider said: “There is just no way Prince Harry would have put that statement out if William had disapproved.”
Lulz. No matter who came up with the DM story (which reads like fan fiction), it seems it got under someone’s skin. Lol, this whole thing is so stupid.
Speaking of royal/press relations, the Financial Times has an article about how William and Harry are trying to “redraw” their relationship with the media. The FT story has quotes from various (unnamed) journalists and photographers, and one from Jason Knauf himself. An excerpt:
“Mr Knauf and the team surrounding the royals, many of whom are in their 30s, have deliberately kept the traditional media pack at arm’s length. One senior journalist who asked not to be named decried Mr Knauf’s ‘really poor press operation’ and said the statement from Prince Harry about Ms Markle had been ‘shockingly immature’. This tension has been exacerbated by the palace often choosing to use social media to release new pictures of Prince William, his wife Kate and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. […]
“The Sun’s royal photographer Arthur Edwards, who has been covering the family for the newspaper for almost 40 years, said that in recent months a ‘them and us’ stand-off had developed. ‘Kensington Palace thinks they can control it all themselves. They want to ignore newspapers — but the newspapers aren’t going anywhere. We’ll still be here when Twitter’s finished.’ […]
“But their attempts to redraw the relationship have met with resistance from newspaper editors who believe they have overreacted and taken attempts to freeze out the papers too far. ‘I think they basically want levels of privacy around them and their lives which society is not willing to give,’ said one senior journalist who asked not to be identified. Bob Satchwell, from the Society of Editors, said: ‘I think sometimes the royal family forget all the positive pieces which the papers run.’ […]
“David Yelland, a former Sun editor who now runs a communications consultancy, said newspapers were emboldened after passing through the phone-hacking scandals. ‘The tabloids in particular have got their peckers up,’ he said, adding that it was an error to shut them out. ‘The young royals clearly don’t like the press and they are making the mistake of making that very clear.’ […]
“Speaking from St Lucia, Mr Knauf dismissed the suggestion he was cutting the newspapers out. He said: ‘Eighty per cent of our time is spent supporting the media. ‘It is true that we simultaneously release images on social media and to broadcasters and newspapers. It has become increasingly clear that we have a responsibility to reach people wherever they are. A lot of people are not buying newspapers.'”
I don’t think there is anything wrong with releasing photos on social media, but maybe there could be a compromise between the press and KP: KP releases some photos on social media, and then either releases other photos straight through the press or does photocalls periodically so that the press gets their photos. Compromise.
PS. Here are some photos from Day 3 of Harry’s tour on November 22 when he was in Barbuda. I will have more coverage of the tour at a later date to cover all the other days I’ve missed. On Day 3, Harry visited Holy Trinity Primary School and Nursery, and joined the school children preparing celebrations for the school’s 93rd anniversary of their Founders’ Day. Harry also visited Sir McChesney George High School where he gutted a fish. And he unveiled a dedication to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy and Arbour Day Fair at Queen Victoria Park Botanical Gardens.