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Meghan Markle

The fatal realities of tabloid press: From Diana to Meghan

Meghan Markle, the woman who has modernised our rather dated monarchy, has been targeted maliciously by the press.

History is beginning to repeat itself, and the royal couple are filing a lawsuit against the Daily Mail in the hope to halt this.

Meghan means modernity

She has been on the British scene since November 2016, almost exactly three years ago, as she began dating the ever-popular Prince Harry. As a mixed-race feminist, she was the breath of fresh air our country needed. Since being part of our monarchy, she has made significant compromises to honour her role. She became the Duchess of Sussex and left behind her previous life as an actor and feminist advocate. 

She has still managed to make a mark, with her wedding infusing both British and African-American culture. Meghan walked down the aisle alone, and she ensured her culture was just a part of her wedding as her husbands was. Her and Harry’s son Archie will bear no title, because of the struggles Harry faced growing up. The couple have declared they will only have two children out of respect for the climate crisis we face. Her place in our monarchy has been emblematic of a new take on things; we are hanging up our traditional, conservative frocks and bringing in the new outfit.

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This afternoon, The Duchess of Sussex attended two engagements on the #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica – whilst The duke travelled to Botswana for separate engagements. Her Royal Highness visited @mothers2mothers (m2m), where she learned more about the work of the charity in helping to eliminate paediatric AIDS. m2m train and employ women living with HIV as frontline health workers – so far the charity have created over 10,000 jobs for women living with HIV across the African continent. HRH also visited a ‘Ladies who Launch’ event at the Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town and spoke to inspiring female entrepreneurs about their careers in technology and their ambitions for the future. Follow @sussexroyal and click on our link to bio to find out more.

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How has she been received?

After the tragic death of Princess Diana, the tabloids have not learned their lesson. The Mail on Sunday, in February of this year, published Meghan’s private letter to her father. Just so we are all aware, a letter that is signed by your name is a copyright work. It is illegal to claim, publish or even read these works without the author’s permission, and it is certainly illegal for a newspaper to publish them. Meghan Markle is suing the Daily Mail, taking a stand that is very much needed. Diana tragically died in a car accident because of the intrusive nature of Tabloid Press, and still, our monarchy are victims to the intrusive behaviour of the paparazzi. For fear of repeating the heartbreaking past, we need to do better.

Let us not repeat mistakes.

Meghan has made announcements that she and Prince Harry are finally taking legal action. It casts a dark shadow over all press media, and yet only a few newspapers use such intrusive means to get a news story. Press that abides by the rules, respects the privacy of others, and is informative, is press that is more than welcome here in Britain. We owe our monarchy fairer treatment within the press media.

It's time to name and shame.

The Daily Mail have not publicly responded to Meghan’s legal action. Reliable, honest press platforms need to separate themselves from this tainted enterprise.

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