The couple’s new website on breaking up with years of royal protocol laid out — among a lot of other things — their media strategy, stating that they will no longer participate in the traditional royal press system that grants exclusive access to a select group of UK outlets.
Britain’s royal correspondents, they said, are seen as reliable sources of information. “This misconception propels coverage that is often carried by other outlets around the world, amplifying frequent misreporting,” they wrote. Removing themselves from “royal rota” coverage has sparked an outcry among UK media and drew a protest from the National Union of Journalists.
This isn’t a new complaint from the royal couple — they just took an unprecedented step to do something about it. Harry and Meghan have said publicly that they believe they have been treated unfairly by the UK press since the moment news broke of their relationship — that they are bullied, that there are racist undertones to coverage of them, and that they have been held to a different standard than Harry’s brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka Prince William and Kate Middleton).
The UK media outlets that currently make up the royal rota are the Daily Express, the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror, the Evening Standard, the Telegraph, the Times, and the Sun.
Here is a look at 20 stories from these outlets that appear to show a double standard between press coverage of Meghan and Kate. BuzzFeed News has reached out to all of the outlets featured below for comment;
Kate and William: “Creating their own companies will allow William and Kate to bring out, should they ever chose to, myriad items of officially-endorsed merchandise from tea towels to coffee cups… Kensington Palace officials said they were doing the ‘sensible thing’ in protecting the couple’s rights.” Daily Mail: Jan. 17, 2014
Meghan and Harry: “The Sussexes want to stamp their name on dozens of products including T-shirts, hoodies, journals and gloves for their newly-created foundation Sussex Royal… Experts said Harry and Meghan were actively preparing to quit the Royal Family months ago by filing trade mark applications to commercially protect their brand.” Daily Mail: Jan. 9, 2020
Kate and William: “Prince William yesterday backed brother Harry’s brave admission of his mental anguish — and blasted the monarchy’s ‘stiff upper lip’ tradition… William said: ‘There may be a time and a place for the ‘stiff upper lip’ but not at the expense of your health… ‘
“‘Catherine and I are clear we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings. Over the past year we have visited a number of schools together where we have been amazed listening to children talk about some quite difficult subjects in a clear and emotionally articulate way, something most adults would struggle with. Seeing this has really given me hope things are changing and there is a generation coming up who find it normal to talk openly about emotions.’” Sun: April 19, 2017
Meghan and Harry: “Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have bucked royal tradition once again with their latest TV interview — in which they claimed they were ‘existing, not living.’ The couple ditched the stiff upper lip of previous Royal Family generations and flew the flag for ‘Generation Therapy’ as they revealed their emotions to the world – but were they right to do so?
“What you make of ‘fragile’ Prince Harry and Meghan’s comments may depend on your generation. Sun parents and kids reveal what they think of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex airing their emotions in public – and whether they have the right to moan in such positions of privilege…” Sun: Oct. 23, 2019
Kate: “It was reported that new Duchess of Cambridge requested her favorite scented candles and toiletries from luxury fragrance brand Jo Malone be delivered to scent the Abbey. A selection of candles, handwashes and lotions was requested, specifically in citrus spring scents including Orange Blossom, Grapefruit and the ever-popular Lime, Basil & Mandarin.” Daily Mail: May 4, 2011
Meghan: “‘Meghan wanted staff to go around with these atomizers, like spritzer guns, and spray the chapel with scent before anyone arrived. Royal Household staff stepped in and told her office politely, but firmly, that this was the queen’s chapel and it simply wasn’t appropriate. I don’t believe they said no because they thought it could affect the chapel in any way. It was simply the principle of the thing. This is a place that has held royal weddings, funerals and even contains the royal vault. I don’t believe a request of that nature had been made before.'” Daily Mail: Nov. 30, 2018
Darren Sparkes co-created a business simulation called Accounting Bissim with colleagues Matt Davies from Aston University and Lisa Weaver from the University of Warwick designed to bring Accounting and Finance to life for students////CRIMSON TAZVINZWA////
They are finalists in the Driving change through education, training and academia award, which recognises the contribution of individuals, organisations or joint-entrants in driving action to integrate sustainability through education, training and academia.
Darren said: “The Accounting Bissim team are delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. Whilst the simulation was originally developed in order to improve engagement in accounting and finance learners, being shortlisted for the Finance for the Future Awards recognises Accounting Bissim’s ability to promote a holistic and sustainable approach to accounting, finance and business management decisions.”
Students act as the board of directors to run a robot manufacturing business in a competitive market place, making decisions and analysing the results. They can make decisions on a range of sustainability issues such as choosing ethical suppliers, cutting waste, reducing CO2 emissions and power usage, eliminating water pollution and the level of pay and training of their staff – all of which may cost money in the short term, but can lead to better long-term returns if the business is managed well. The sustainability decisions can be mapped to ten of the seventeen United Nations sustainability development goals.
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The group’s aim is to create awareness and force positive action towards issues like climate change and consumerism which they say contributes to climate change, and that this should be a topical issue on the upcoming December 12 general election.The Extinction Rebellion (XR) 12 Days of Crisis campaign hopes to put pressure on political parties to make “climate and ecological emergency the defining issue of this general election”.
Say no to consumerism, say yes to our planet.
So far this year, policing XR protests has cost the Metropolitan Police £40 million, nearly three times the annual budget of its Violent Crime Taskforce. And police chiefs were dismayed when the High Court ruled their use of public order legislation to block last month’s Autumn Uprising were was unlawful.
On this International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, we remember journalist & activist Itai Dzamara & all other victims in Zimbabwe. Articles 48-50 of the #Zimbabwe constitution define the right to life, personal liberty & the rights of arrested & detained persons.
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