Meghan Markle & Harry’s Royal Exit – Behind The Scenes Real Reason
As soon as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their January announcement of Megxit, they changed how they dealt with the media, according to People Magazine.
They published a detailed list which explained their decision as well as a look into the new life they expected to gain. The also talked about a splashy new website and talked to journalists not usual to the royal rotation.
Then came the stunning announcement that they would no longer cooperate with four major tabloids.
Why did Meghan and Harry break ranks with the press so quickly?
According to People this rapid fire strategy shift was intentional. Why? They claim that Meghan was displeased with the traditional palace policy of not responding to or commenting on contested stories in the tabloids.
A source close to the couple told the magazine, “The go-to position was no comment or to ignore stories, and people actively prevented her from responding to stuff that we knew to be untrue. That is what she is taking issue with.”
And that sheds light on something Meghan’s legal team said about her left “unprotected” by the palace. The statement was made in legal documents for the case she has against a major UK publication.
But even before Megxit, Meghan and Harry had begun to drift apart from The Firm. They gravitated toward a less UK and a more L.A. approach to the press. In fall of 2019, they signed on to work with Sunshine Sachs, the PR firm that Meghan had prior to leaving acting.
No palace policy was directed at or against Harry and Meghan
An insider explained to People that the royal’s policy wasn’t meant to make them more vulnerable. “The palace teams are faced with the difficulty that when things go wrong—particularly on private life matters—quite often any action taken with the media makes it worse,” the insider said.
“It’s not that the royal household doesn’t want to help—more that they don’t want to make it worse by giving a gossipy story more oxygen.”
Indeed, the palace policy of ignoring stories no matter what has nothing to do with Meghan. It goes back decades. As tabloids have moved online and become more aggressive, the royal family still did not change its stance except in extreme cases such as the 2012 lawsuit against a French tab which published Kate Middleton topless.
It’s true that during her short time as a royal Meghan saw her coverage ramp up. But that was to be expected when she married a prince.