The aftermath of the screening of the Sussexes documentary last Sunday evening has seen the same suspects, including those at Kensington Palace, parade themselves on the news media to attempt another narrative about the royal couple.
Millions of British people watched the documentary and reached their own conclusions. However, the tabloids, the conservative serious newspapers and so-called “royal experts” want to change the main reason behind the documentary – the lies and unfairness.
The story being put about since Monday is that, the Duchess said she was not happy in the royal family and her life in the public limelight and cannot cope. These were blatant lies and concocted to misinform those people, who are so gullible as to believe their version of what we all watched.
The only time the Duchess mentioned anything about the royal family was when she said, a British friend had advised her before their engagement to her now husband, not to do it, because the British tabloids would destroy her life. The conservative newspapers and the tabloids have not stopped being negative and hostile since November 2016. Their hostilities come in different forms and is weekly.
The Duchess’s main complaint is that all those stories are malicious lies, but she has been unable to counter with anything, because of her position and had to keep silent in frustration and hurt. When asked whether she feels okay by the unhealthy silence, she replied no. That had also affected the Duke because he brought her to the UK and has been watching the lies and abuse with her.
For the tabloids to put it down as not being able to cope with her role in the royal family, is arrant nonsense and a stupid attempt to divert attention from their main aim to make their marriage uncomfortable. The Duchess under any other circumstances would have defended herself vigorously earlier and not allow this to linger on. She knows how to use lawyers and have some as friends, after all.
The British tabloids have this attitude that they have a right to destroy anyone that they think does not bend to their will. Anything different has to be harassed and destroyed, no matter what the consequences, as the Duke said. They do it to all manner of people. A kind of maniacal control they want to wield across the piece.
They do it so often and have succeeded to cower most of the royal family to silence. The royals for some reason, have accepted the bully tactics and do not complain. The tabloids have used that over the years to write or do anything at will.
When the Duke was asked by the documentary presenter how her wife’s treatment by the tabloids was affecting him, he responded candidly that it has affected him. The whole world and his wife know the Duke has had issues with mental health, but he answered the cowardly treatment had brought it back, but that it is managed under control. He has not gone mad nor is he losing his marbles. After that particular interview, he was off working again on why they were in Southern Africa.
However, on Monday Prince William and Kensington Palace started leaking out stories to the tabloids, of course about his concern for his brother and his wife. What utter rubbish. If he thinks his brother is going mad, the first thing to do is to drive to Frogmore Cottage to hug him and talk, but not leak to newspapers, who are sworn, enemies. As putting a subliminal message out there goes, this served the tabloid narrative perfectly.
Most of the lies written by the newspapers emanate from Kensington Palace, nowhere else. When the reporters write about senior royals, they are only referring to Kensington Palace. The senior royals are Prince Charles, his wife, the Cambridges, the Sussexes, Princess Royal, the Duke of York and Prince Edward and his wife.
Apart from the Cambridges, none of the rest has any hidden ill will against the Sussexes. They have totally different paths to tread. The lying reporters have always been careful to say “a palace insider” said this or that about the Duchess of Sussex. Never ever pinpointing which of the palaces their so-called “courtier” or “insider” was from. Prince Charles and his wife would not brief against the Sussexes, which leaves Kensington Palace.
So why is Prince William allowing his media handlers to connive with their friends in the tabloids and conservative newspapers to treat his sibling and his wife in this harmful way? Something, if not combated squarely, as the court cases would do, could end up in a mess? Is Prince William seething with envy? After all, he and his wife are quietly measuring the curtains they would use, when they gain the utmost prize, even though the Queen is still there and Prince Charles is a very healthy 70 years old. Prince William could be waiting for another twenty-five to thirty years, so why this conniving behaviour?
As everything about the Sussexes tend to go, the documentary has generated quite a reaction, which was what was intended in the first place. The usual suspects have also shown their despicable fangs with all sorts of hand wringing. There was this huge unshaven disheveled ill-suited man from the gutter Sun claiming innocence on television news and set about to rant madly and lied again in the space of two seconds about the royal couple. These journalists lie at the drop of a hat, no sense of guilt or anything normal human beings would flinch at.
On a BBC morning programme on Monday, Sadly the grandmother, who lied about the Duchess warning her off from taking photographs, when she went to Wimbledon early this summer to watch Serena Williams, was wheeled in to make pronouncements on the royal. However, as is convention, a supporter of the Duchess was invited to counter her lies. It has come to that. That old woman is now on speed dial of news editors, when it is about the Duchess, even though her Wimbledon allegation was not critically checked and was a lie.
In a newspaper interview, the old hag and irrelevant Penny Junor and a Mark Borkowski, who was described as a public relations “expert” lamented why the documentary was made, condemned it and predicted it would blow in the couple’s faces. Penny junior is probably 68 years old grandma and is past it. She used to be a journalist, not very successful and possibly got into it because her father was a great journalist. Her claim to fame was interviewing Prince Charles for an ITV programme in the early nineties to counter a BBC Panorama programme about Diana Princess of Wales and the problems she was facing in her marriage to Prince Charles. Penny Junor graduated to write a book about Prince Charles. Suddenly, she has become a “royal expert” wheeled out to comment on someone she does not know at all.
Mark Borkowski is not a real public relations practitioner, as I know it to be. Just someone who fell into the practice, maybe by design without the professional qualification associated with it. He calls himself a “public relations expert” whatever that means. He has suddenly jumped on the bandwagon to make very silly comments on the Duchess and making money in the process.
This is a sick way to make money, but there is a small cottage industry whose only job is to make unfounded libelous comments on the Sussexes in newspaper articles and interviews on television and radio and be paid for them.
That is what has frustrated the Duchess. She finds the royal family’s stiff upper lip, turn the other cheek’ constraints not very healthy internally. From what she has done before royal life and from her education, I think her feeling is that, when lies are told, she should be able to counter in whatever way that is appropriate. She has been made to understand that is not possible. She disagrees and feels stories about her should be fairly presented and not lied about. But the documentary had broken that unwritten convention.
Journalists are ordinary citizens of this country and are not above the laws if this land. They can be challenged and if possible use the law. If the “safety first royals” did not use the law regularly or do something about their bullying, then she and the Duke would do something about it. After all, the rubbish spewed out every week is about them and not about the other royals.