Lindy McDowell: The Prince of Petulance needs to realise that the media are entitled to call out double standards

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It was, as Meghan herself would say, a game changer. Having accrued considerable positive publicity over their successful tour of southern Africa, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should be winding up this week revelling in the warm glow of all those flattering accounts of their speeches, their highlighting of good causes, Archie’s unveiling and Meghan’s canny choice of shirt dresses.

Instead Harry, Prince of Petulance, seems to have decided he’ll be having none of that oul’ nonsense.

In a blistering statement which entirely eclipsed the triumph of the couple’s tour, he laid into the British tabloid media, which he accused of waging a “ruthless campaign” against his wife.

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His statement’s release came as it was revealed that the Duchess of Sussex is suing the Mail on Sunday over the publication of an artistically scribed letter she’d sent her father – and which the da had then passed on to the paper after her friends made comments about him in glossy US mags of similar extensive circulation.

This week, however, Harry widened his gunsights.

He accused the entire British tabloid media of “relentless propaganda”. It was “knowingly false and malicious”. He’d lost his mother, he said, and now he was watching his wife “fall victim to the same powerful forces”.

He’d seen what happened when someone was “commoditised” (an unusual choice of word for a man, who along with his wife, is seen as eager to promote Brand Sussex). “Put simply,” he said, it was “bullying”.

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