First things first: I am no royalist. I am not someone who is in the habit of defending any of the royals. In fact, I don’t really care about them at all. But, despite that, I do find myself repeatedly jumping to the defence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
But their most recent actions have left me in two minds. Last night, the couple issued a statement addressed to the editors of The Sun, Daily Express, Daily Mirror and Daily Mail promising “no corroboration and zero engagement” with their publications, including their Sunday editions and websites
The statement emphasised “this is not in any way a blanket policy for all media,” but the couple will no longer “offer themselves up as currency for an economy of click bait and distortion.”
I hope their actions will set a precedent for others who are hounded by the tabloids in the UK and I think they are justified in issuing such a statement.
But why now? In a time of global crisis, when the world’s focus is on preservation of life, the statement seems poorly timed and poorly executed.