A representative of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle responded to the “distorted narrative” that the couple left the royal family in 2020 for “secrecy”.
In the midst of the release of the Netflix documentary series, Harry and Meghan, some people began to accuse the couple of hypocrisy over the misconception that they were leaving the royal family over privacy concerns. Notorious Megxit troll Piers Morgan tweeted, “Imagine crying about privacy, then doing a kiss-and-tell reality series about your private lives?”
The couple’s press secretary later said, “The Duke and Duchess never cited privacy as a reason for backing out. This twisted narrative was intended to keep the couple in silence.”
“They choose to share their stories on their own terms, and yet the tabloid media has created a completely untrue narrative that permeates the press and the public.”
Indeed, Meghan and Harry did not mention privacy in their January 2020 statement as a reason to step back from the royal family – because they gave no reason. “After months of reflection and internal discussion, we have decided to make a transition this year to begin building a progressive new role within this organization,” the Instagram post read at the time.
Shortly after leaving their roles, Harry and Meghan wrote a letter to various British newspapers saying they would move forward with a “zero engagement” policy – but that was because of stories that were written “distorted, inaccurate or unreasonable invader”. about them.
The following year, Meghan successfully sued publisher Associated Newspapers for infringement of privacy and copyright infringement after she published parts of a letter she wrote to her father about her marriage to Harry. Meghan later called Mail on Sunday’s practices “illegal and dehumanizing” after the victory.
Meghan directly addressed the “false narrative” about privacy in an unpublished moment in an interview with Oprah in March 2021, saying, “Everyone has a fundamental right to privacy. Basic … I never mentioned privacy.”
And earlier this year, she told The Cut that it’s easier to send Archie to school in the US – as in the UK, he wouldn’t be able to pick up from school without photographers. “Sorry, I have a problem with that. It doesn’t make me obsessed with privacy. That makes me a strong, good parent protecting my child,” she said.
You can learn more about the privacy statement here.