Also, as the Mail carries a column by the deeply unpleasant Dan Wootton, his other employer, Gammon Broadcasting News (“Bacon’s News Channel”), has also passed severely adverse comment on the interview, as has former Screws and Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan, so TalkTV also hates her. Percy is clearly still sore that Megs blanked him. Her judgment is clearly sound.
But one thing is clear: Morgan’s obsession with Megs has spread to the rest of the Sun and Mail crew, and even to the Daily Brexit, still called the Express. And even in the midst of a looming cost of living crisis - maybe as a deflection from it - both the former titles have made the interview their front page lead. But they still don’t mention the lawsuits. Let’s start with the Mail.
“NOW MEGHAN DROPS HER ‘TRUTH BOMBS’ …New salvo of attacks in 6,400 word interview … Claims she and Harry upset hierarchy ‘just by existing’ … Appears to say Prince ‘lost father’ over Megxit”. How about the Sun version? “Royal Rift Bombshell … Meg’s new claim ‘saddens Charles’ … Queen snubbed on latest UK visit … HARRY: I LOST MY DAD”.
Mail merely smears, Sun lies as well, film at 11. Worse, though, is the unedifying scramble of bottom feeding press creeps, oops, sorry, Royal correspondents, to gain attention by grovelingly toeing the line, slagging off the Duchess while pretending they possess an authority they do not.
Dan Wootton took the biscuit in no style at all with “Prince Harry’s relatives must now stage an intervention because her new interview makes it clear that Meghan Markle appears to have no grip on reality and is on a mission to take down the Royal Family, no matter the cost”. But no-one in The Firm gives a flying foxtrot what he thinks. Or what Piers Morgan thinks. Talking of which, he “today slammed Meghan Markle as ‘shameless and shameful’”.
Splash a bit of that Dark Obsession on, eh? But there was no shortage of creeps out there, as witness Richard Palmer: “There are some jaw-dropping moments in this interview, suggesting tone-deaf Harry and Meghan have learnt no lessons”. He’s “Royal correspondent” of the Express. But he wasn’t toeing the mental health smear line, unlike Matt Wilkinson.
“Have re-read this Meghan Markle interview many, many times today. We are surely at the stage when a grown-up needs to ask the couple who, if anyone, is advising them? Because this is becoming irreversibly embarrassing for them both and the Royal Family”. He’s at the Murdoch Sun.
Richard Eden, meanwhile, is at the Mail: “It should be pointed out that the magazine to which Meghan granted her jaw-dropping interview, The Cut, has been responsible for spreading scurrilous rumours about Prince William in the past”. Guilt by association smear? Check! Oh, and he’s not finished. “It's important that the misleading claims made by Meghan in this interview are exposed”. Otherwise the Vagina Monologue won’t be happy.
Likewise with the Mail’s “Royal editor” Rebecca English, sneering “Well, I’ve read Meghan’s extraordinary new interview. And I’ve penned some thoughts in tomorrow’s Daily Mail … Bizarre, often unintentionally hilarious, but Meghan’s warblings also have an unmistakable undertone of cool menace”. THREATS! THREATS! Against our beloved monarchy!! How DARE she?!?!?
But no-one really cares what she and her fellow pundits think. It’s one long circle jerk, as The DM Reporter illustrated in a summary of GB News’ coverage: “Man that hates Meghan Markle interviews woman that hates Meghan Markle on channel that hates Meghan Markle about how much they hate Meghan Markle and is reported by newspaper that hates Meghan Markle for comments from people that hate Meghan Markle”.
As one Tweeter pointed out “Meghan Markle should not be on any front page over an interview when parts of the country smell like sewage, everyone is struggling to stay afloat, and the government is completely absent. Any paper that prioritises freaking out about her over that isn't a real newspaper”. But she is suing the Mail. That’s how the press responds.
And if the Sussexes are of so little relevance, why is our free and fearless press losing its collective shit over her giving an interview to a magazine many of their readers will never have heard of? Are they so desperate to avoid the real issues du jour while flogging more copies?
You might wish to ask that question. I couldn’t possibly comment.
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