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Whatever you say, say nothing, Harry

Tom Kelly


The unauthorised biography of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will only cause more media scrutiny of the couple and widen the rift with the Royal Family, says Tom Kelly

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Belfast in 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Belfast in 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Belfast in 2018

Type the words 'Prince Harry, Meghan Markle' into Google search and a startling 129,000,000 results appear in less than 0.48 seconds. They are news. In fact, big news. And they certainly know how to create headlines.

The late Enoch Powell once said: "A politician complaining about the press is like a sailor complaining about the sea." In short, the erudite veteran parliamentarian was telling his colleagues to get over themselves and stop whining about their relationship with the media. This useful advice to politicians should equally apply to princes.

Politicians and princes enjoy privileged positions and by virtue of their offices, they live their lives in full sight. In fact, their authority whether moral or legal is authenticated through the consent of the public. Over the years, politicians and royalty have endured a love/hate type relationship. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair was once the darling of the media, particularly the Murdoch press. Towards the end of his premiership he was referring to the "feral" qualities of the media.