The newspapers – the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Mirror and the Express – were informed of the new policy in a letter sent on Sunday on behalf of Meghan and Harry and shared with CNN by a source close to the couple. The new couple approach also applies to Sunday and online editions of these publications.
In the letter, the couple said they believe that a free press “is the cornerstone of any democracy” but adds that “there is a real human cost” in the way the tabloids do their business.
“It is of great concern that an influential segment of the media, for many years, has sought to evade responsibility for what they say or print – even when they know it is distorted, false or pervasive beyond When the power is appreciated without responsibility, the trust that we all place in this industry if necessary is degraded, “the letter said.
The couple have had some tough times with the media since meeting and speaking out against what they say is the relentless and aggressive cover of Meghan in particular. Prince Harry described part of his wife’s blanket as containing “racial undertones”.
Last year, 72 women members of the British Parliament wrote a joint letter condemning its coverage, calling it “colonial”, “out of date” and invasive of privacy.
The letter sent to British newspapers indicates that the Duke and Duchess and their communications team will not engage in any way with the outlets. “There will be no corroboration and no commitment,” he said.
“This policy is not intended to avoid criticism,” the letter continues. “It is not a question of ending a public conversation or of censoring specific reports. The media have every right to report and to have an opinion on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, good or bad. But it cannot be based on a lie. “
“What they will not do is offer themselves money to save bait and distortion.”
Reach PLC, the publisher of the Mirror and Express, declined to comment. The Sun and the Daily Mail did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Mail defended itself, claiming that there was a “huge and legitimate” public interest in publishing the letter.
– Max Foster contributed to this report.