Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday May 19, 2018
Why Prince Harry is giving the British press the cold shoulder
In many ways, Prince Harry’s raucous relationship with the media has been leading up to this.
His upcoming wedding to Meghan Markle signals the culmination of a lifelong tug of war over access to him and his family. And by allowing nearly no journalists into St. George’s Chapel on May 19, Harry may be indicating he finally has the upper hand.
“The Prince Harry that I know doesn’t like the press,” said Duncan Larcombe, a former tabloid reporter who wrote the book Prince Harry: The Inside Story.
While 28 reporters and 17 still photographers were allowed into Prince William and Kate’s wedding in 2011, only one reporter and two photographers will be welcome this time — a reflection, perhaps, of Harry’s antagonism.
“William allowed the press in,” Larcombe said. “Harry is basically shutting the door.”
Larcombe concedes the chapel in Windsor can only hold a fraction of the 1,900 guests invited to Westminster Abbey for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s nuptials.
But, he said, “hiding behind the excuse that this is a private wedding is pretty nonsensical.”
Longtime royal photographer Arthur Edwards describes Harry as genuine and warm in private. But he acknowledges the prince’s relationship with the press has “been a little bit difficult recently.” (Source: CBC News)