According to a recent report, Prince Harry may have denied one of wife Meghan Markle’s requests during their royal tour of Africa. The tour was a success, as they quieted the constant negative media and seemed to win over even their toughest critics. Markle had hoped to have a reception with the media during the visit but, if reports are to be believed, Prince Harry shut the idea down.
Markle wanted to host a reception for the media
During their royal tour, Markle reportedly had hoped to contact the media and have a reception with drinks. Prince Harry didn’t allow it, however, claim royal experts.
As Prince Harry was reportedly unhappy with the media and “not enjoying himself,” he squashed Markle’s proposed idea to have an event with the press.
During an episode of the Pod Save the Queen podcast, featuring Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers and Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer, Palmer shared that he “used to love going away with Prince Harry,” adding, “He always had a bit of banter and I just wish we could get back to that.”
He continued: “I wasn’t in Africa, but people who were there, are saying the atmosphere was dripping with poison… Meghan doesn’t really interact, but at least she seems like she’s enjoying herself and Harry just doesn’t.”
When Palmer asked: “Is it correct, that Meghan actually wanted to do some sort of drinks reception, and Harry said no?,” Myers responded, “Yes, that’s my understanding. Again, when have we ever met them, just the two of them? I find this very bizarre.”
Prince Harry and Markle could build relationships with the press
Palmer further noted that he thinks it would be valuable for Prince Harry and Markle to have a good relationship with the media, noting: “I think it’s important to say, it’s not about us as journalists, really. The fact is, senior people at the Palace still think that the majority of people are going to get their news about the royal family from the mainstream media for many, many years to come. Not all from Instagram.”
“It isn’t going to connect them to the people who are paying for them,” he continued, adding, “That’s why I think it is important for them to still engage with the media.”
Prince Harry and Markle should “get back to basics”
Royal commentator and author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, Duncan Larcombe, believes that Prince Harry can “get back to basics” with the media.
Larcombe shared during a chat on LBC talk radio that “Harry and Meghan haven’t done a lot to help themselves in terms of their PR strategy. I think Harry needs to just get back to the basics.”
He shared: “I remember covering a trip that he did to Lesotho in southern Africa years ago, and I turned up to the traditional royal briefing the evening before we were supposed to see him and his soldiers fixing a school in Lesotho.”
He continued: “I opened the door and then someone held the door open for me, and to my astonishment, it was Prince Harry standing there. Royals don’t turn up to briefings with journalists the night before they do an official engagement.”