Daniela Elser: Photo of Meghan Markle holding Kate magazine cover reveals lies


Samantha Markle spoke to Newstalk ZB’s Heather du Plessis-Allan in her first interview in New Zealand since Oprah’s explosive interview and took issue with her sister’s claims. Audio / Newstalk ZB

OPINION:

Few things unite the Cambridges and the Sussexes these days: not a country, a language, a day job or even allegedly their stance on tights.

The one thing they all share is a litany of embarrassing acts in their youthful genre. Prince William was caught dancing; Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, will be the country’s first queen to be photographed in yellow leggings and a green sequined halter top at a charity roller-coaster nightclub; and Harry had stars in Las Vegas and waved his crown jewels around the place. Not to mention the Nazi disguise fiasco.

What about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex? She was an actress who did what all Hollywood starlets and comedians do – she shoved.

Now, an embarrassing image of its bustling milieu has reappeared, which is not only embarrassing but inherently problematic.

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Meghan Markle with magazine editor Denise Cash and a copy of U Magazine exclaiming that Kate is expecting twins. Photo / Instagram

The photo, taken in 2014, shows Meghan holding a copy of Irish magazine U and posing with the title’s deputy editor-in-chief Denise Cash. The story of the blanket? A photo of Kate covered with the headline “Twins!”

The problem isn’t the photo per se, she was just doing her job, it was probably just one of the countless press appearances she made for her cable show Suits. Or that years later, Meghan would have to sit across the dinner table from the cover star of U in question, politely forgetting the fact that she was once on the other side of the fence tabloids.

No, the problem here is what Meghan said afterwards.

Since 2019, when Harry and Meghan began expressing their misery to a global audience, Meghan has claimed to have entered royal life without blithely caring what she was up against in the media.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend Royal Ascot Day 1 at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2018. Photo / Getty Images
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend Royal Ascot Day 1 at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2018. Photo / Getty Images

In October of the same year, Meghan told interviewer Tom Bradbury that with regard to the press review, “I had no idea, which probably seems difficult to understand here … my British friends. told me, “I’m sure he’s awesome. But you shouldn’t do it because the UK tabloids are going to destroy your life.

“And I very naively, I’m American, we don’t have that over there, what are you talking about, that doesn’t make sense. I’m not in the tabloids, I didn’t understand.”

Not “in” the tabloids? She does not understand ” ? This image suggests otherwise.

The idea that by the time Meghan joined the royal fray she was a baby in the woods when it comes to sly press manners is a headache.

In 2016, former tabloid editor and then Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan wrote that after logging in via Twitter she sent him a direct message suggesting she meet. He later reported that during the 90 minute drink they shared in his local London pub, “She asked me for advice on her career and the media, and if she could come to Good Morning Britain next time around. that it would be over. “

In 2019, Mail on Sunday show business editor Katie Hind wrote an article titled ‘The night Meghan Markle begged me to put her in the tabloids’ in which she said that in 2013 “Meghan’s British publicist had almost begged me… to meet the actor for a drink” and that Meghan “was determined to make herself known”.

Members of the Royal Family gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018. Photo / AP
Members of the Royal Family gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018. Photo / AP

Last year Finding Freedom writers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand reported that “Meghan, before meeting Harry, sometimes put up a paparazzi photo here and there or let information escape the press.”

Obviously, the inner workings of the media were hardly foreign to Meghan.

Beyond his own experience with the press, there is a plethora of other evidence of the sometimes toxic dynamics between Fleet Street and the Windsor House.

Diana, Princess of Wales’ antagonistic and complicated relationship with the press was hardly a secret. Meghan was 16 when she died and 27 when the investigation into her death ended.

The tale of Diana’s victim against the paparazzi featured prominently in the Zeitgeist from the early ’90s, so do we really have to believe that all of this missed a clever young Meghan?

Then, starting in the mid-2000s, Kate Middleton fought a pitched and public battle against the constant intrusion and harassment she faced.

In 2007, William released a famous statement denouncing “paparazzi harassment” after dozens and dozens of snappers and cameramen waited for Kate when she stepped out of her front door on her 25th birthday. Video of the incident is still painful to watch and royal biographer Katie Nicholl reported the incident left Kate on the verge of tears.

Prince Harry, Duchess of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 in London.  Photo / Getty Images
Prince Harry, Duchess of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 in London. Photo / Getty Images

In 2012, a paparazzi stood a mile from the borrowed French chateau where they were on vacation (from Princess Margaret’s son, no less) and smashed Kate while she was topless. The Cambridges then waged a five-year war in court against the highly intrusive gunfire, ultimately claiming damages. (They donated the money to charity.)

Harry himself made it clear that any future love interest would be put to the press, stating months before meeting Meghan in 2016, “If or when I find a girlfriend I’ll do my best to make sure we get there. to the point where we’re really comfortable with each other before the massive invasion of her privacy. “

All of this to say that the proof that existing in royal orbit meant facing a terrifying level of scrutiny and media pressure has never been more than fully evident.

What a photo resurfaced today of Meghan and the “Twins!” The magazine’s cover calls into question the plausibility of her claims that she was essentially blind to the media situation she would face when she became HRH.

In Diana: Her True Story from 1992, the Princess told author Andrew Morton that on her wedding day, “I felt like a lamb going to the slaughterhouse.” A teenager, a former nursery nurse who had left school at 16 and had never had a serious boyfriend before, she clearly was. She had no idea what she was getting into.

But Meghan, a smart, graduate woman who had a successful career under her belt when she got engaged to Harry at 36? Not really.

Maybe she should have had another martini that night in 2016 with Piers Morgan. As the editor of the Daily Mirror at the height of the Diana frenzy of the ’90s, no one could be better positioned than Morgan for painting her a detailed – and terrifying – picture.

Retrospective eh?

• Daniela Elser is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a number of major Australian media titles.


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