LONDON, 8 Mar – RIA Novosti, Maria Tabak. Editors-in-chief of the British media consider it unacceptable for Prince Harry's words about the “narrow-mindedness” of the United Kingdom press, said Ian Murray, executive director of the British Editors' Society.
In an interview with American TV presenter Oprah Winfrey, which aired in the United States on Sunday, the Duke of Sussex, in particular, said: “Great Britain is not narrow-minded, the British press is narrow-minded, especially tabloids. But unfortunately, if the source of information is vicious in nature, it is racist or biased, it extends to the rest of society. ” Prince Harry's wife Megan accuses British tabloids of racism and harassment of her personally.
“The British media are not narrow-minded, and the attacks on the press by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not force them to deviate from the most important mission of holding the rich and powerful to account,” Murray said in a statement.
“It is unacceptable that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex make such statements without providing evidence. If it is simply that the Duke and Duchess consider racism, then the media question their actions and comment on their functions, given that the work of members of the royal family funded by taxpayers, then they are wrong, “Murray said.
He noted that the engagement and wedding of Prince Harry, as well as their charitable activities, were covered positively by the British media, reflecting the warm attitude towards the couple of the people of the United Kingdom.
“But this warmth could not and should not have meant that the press should abandon coverage, investigation and assessment of the couple's lifestyle and actions,” Murray said.
“The British press also played a big role in getting the prince to serve in Afghanistan by agreeing to place an embargo on reports of his service … The British media are proud of their role in fighting racism and participating in mental health awareness campaigns – this is another problem that the couple is talking about, “he said.
In an interview, the retired Duke and Duchess of Sussex made several sensational statements that hurt the royal family and the image of the British monarchy. In particular, Megan said that one of her husband's relatives expressed concerns about the skin color of her unborn child and that she herself had suicidal thoughts and was denied help. She also said that she was offended by the wife of Harry's older brother, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate. Prince Harry, in turn, told how his father, Prince Charles of Wales, did not answer his calls, refusing to discuss his son's problems.