ON Sunday, at 7.41pm, Harry and Meghan sent me a pompous statement about their “new media relations” policy, stating they will no longer deal with me, HOAR or any other popular newspaper.
So I’ve decided to issue my own new media relations policy in regards to them, based entirely on their ridiculously worded original email.
AS I settle into the next chapter of my life as a talkRADIO host, still not receiving any publicly funded support, I am writing to set a new media relations policy, specifically as it pertains to Harry and Meghan.
Like them, I believe the Royal Family are a credit to the country, particularly in moments of crisis. At its best, the monarchy shines light on dark places, telling stories that would otherwise go untold and standing up for what’s right.
It has been said that the Royal Family’s first obligation is to give back to the British people who fund them. I agree wholeheartedly. It is gravely concerning that these former royals, over many years, have sought to insulate themselves from taking accountability for what they say or do — even when they know it to be distorted, false and completely tone-deaf.
When power is enjoyed without responsibility, the trust we all place in these very privileged people is degraded.
It is a really hypocritical way of doing business and, quite frankly, it bores every corner of society.
I have watched the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ditch crown and country at a time of need, by private jet, to make millions in Hollywood — for no good reason other than the fact they simply cannot bear the fair and honest reporting a free Press brings.
With that said, please note I will not be engaging with Harry and Meghan’s PR spin. There will be no corroboration and zero engagement.
This policy is also being instated for their long-suffering communications team. My heart truly goes out to their lone UK staffer James Holt, although I have far less sympathy for the dodgy practices offered by Hollywood PR company Sunshine Sachs (whose ex-clients include Harvey Weinstein and Michael Jackson) — a side of the industry relating to celebrities readers never see.
This policy is not about avoiding criticising Harry and Meghan.
I’ll always be honest. It’s not about shutting down public conversation or censoring accurate reporting.
The media have every right to report on — and indeed, have an opinion on — the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, good or bad. But it can’t be based on their lies.
I also want to be very clear: This is not in any way a blanket policy for all royals (although, fine, throw Prince Andrew in there too).
I’m looking forward to working with other dukes and duchesses all over the country, engaging with members of the Royal Family senior and junior and young up-and-coming royals (hey, George and Charlotte!) to spotlight issues and causes that desperately need acknowledging.
And I look forward to doing whatever I can to help further opportunities for more under-represented royals, who are needed now more than ever (Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, here’s looking at you).
What I won’t do is offer myself up to the constant spin, fact-twisting and putdowns of their family members I’ve had to put up with from
Harry and Meghan’s long-suffering staff for the past two years.
I’m that encouraged this new approach will be heard and respected.
Sun readers deserve to know what’s REALLY going on.
Dumb like it hot
NETFLIX managed to achieve the impossible this week with sex-obsessed new reality show Too Hot To Handle.
They found a cast of millennials more backstabbing, vain, stupid and horny than ITV have ever managed with Love Island, which looks totally tame in comparison.
It’s the biggest mind-numbing abomination I’ve seen on television in a very long time.
But can I be totally honest with you – I absolutely loved every minute.