Every news story that was ignored because Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle
Prince Harry proposing to Meghan Markle caused a bit of excitement across the media, shall we say. So much excitement that it was the only flippin’ thing we’ve heard about, since.
There’s an obsession with the royals innately bred in pretty much every British person’s conscience; we apparently can’t get enough of them. However, whilst we were sobbing at Harry and Megan staring doe-eyed at each other and goofing around after their engagement interview, a lot of hard-hitting, serious news stories that should have been front-page news went unnoticed. Stories that tragically affect millions of people. And all the media could do was hype up yet another taxpayer-funded Royal Wedding.
Here are some major news stories that didn’t get reported on due to the royal shenanigans:
Mental health stories were deemed unnecessary
After teenager Ellie Wilkie tweeted a loving message about her Dad’s journey with mental health, the tweet went viral.
This year began with my dad mentally suffering depression and suicide attempt. Today he ends the year starting his new career in becoming a recovery support worker. Words can’t describe how proud we are #breakthestigma It’s okay not to be okay❤️ pic.twitter.com/HyUu3ZeO2S
— Ellie Wilkie (@ellzthelephant) November 22, 2017
After being picked up by This Morning, the girl and her father were invited to speak, live on TV, about their experiences. Of course, this was an incredible opportunity for the pair, who desperately wanted a platform to break down the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. However, their segment was cut off the air and they weren’t allowed to be featured on the show because This Morning deemed the new royal engagement a more pressing issue. Because they’re ridiculous. Ellie took to Twitter to announce the news, and she eloquently summed up how a lot of us feel:
Unfortunately today was not the day for our story to be heard. Due to breaking news our story was cut off live tv. The royal wedding will go ahead however mental health issues will always remain ❤️ until next time Dad. #breakthestigma pic.twitter.com/jbjcDeNvkl
— Ellie Wilkie (@ellzthelephant) November 27, 2017
The government attempted to hide a new policy on benefits, which affect millions
Whilst the royal frenzy was in full swing, the government timely decided to slip in that they’d be freezing millions of people’s benefits for another year. 21 minutes after the news broke about the royal engagement, the government released this nugget of information. Says a lot.
It’s been used to hide news about the government freezing working age benefits. https://t.co/KEmUl1LaTx
— Bob Bobbins (@_BobBobbins_) December 1, 2017
North Korea fired a ballistic missile, in case you didn’t know
This is majorly worrying, and something that needs to be tackled head-on. However, we were all too busy hearing nothing but the royal engagement to realise what else was going on. Fab.
#NorthKorea have fired a ballistic missile.
Even if it lands on the bbc newsroom they’ll just ask it for it’s opinion on #royalwedding
— Revolting-Subject (@UnRoyalReporter) November 28, 2017