Hacked Off responds: Harry and Meghan step down as senior members of the Royal family

Commenting, Hacked Off Campaign Officer Hannah Mian said,


“The Duke and in particular the Duchess of Sussex have been subjected to sustained abuse by the UK media.


They have a right to basic standards of privacy and for reporting about them to reflect the truth yet elements of the press have callously disregarded these rights in pursuit of sensational headlines.


“For too long the Royals have been expected to put up with whatever racist, false or otherwise abusive coverage comes their way, with concerns about the standards and fairness of Royal reporting dismissed as akin to complaining about the weather. In refusing to accept this abusive reporting as an inevitability of the role, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shown that there is another way.


Our media is a powerful political force and for the sake of our democracy, it must be held accountable. Journalism should portray reality and inform citizens of the truth.


The Leveson inquiry was established in 2011 because the public were outraged by press behaviour.  The experience of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and of so many other victims of press abuse, prove that nothing has changed.  As long as the Government fails to implement the Leveson recommendations, these scandals and abuses will repeat, and the Government’s do-nothing policy will become increasingly untenable”


Natalie Fenton, Professor of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths and Chair of the Media Reform Coalition said:


“Whatever your views of the Royal family, the Harry and Meghan story reveals how destructive press invasions of privacy are and just how damaging media lies and distortions can be. Until we have a press that is properly regulated they will continue to get away with running roughshod over peoples lives all for the sake of a few extra sales. This is not a press acting in the public interest, it is a press hell bent on increasing profit whatever the consequences for the people involved.”




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January 9, 2020 at 2:49 pm

Kate and William must be very concerned that their children will face the vitriol that Meghan and Harry are receiving if they fail to pander to the British press when they grow up. Every choice they make as adults will be based on ‘what will the press say?’ Who’d want that for their children?

Colin Dailleyreply
January 9, 2020 at 3:21 pm

I agree with these comments and concerns 100%.

Hamayun Khan Khattakreply
January 9, 2020 at 4:27 pm

The properties have to legally belong to them before they embark on a joint mission to occupy them and that is the reason for the usage of the words ‘Hacked off’ since they belonged to my great grandfather Abdul Matlab Khan also known as Billy the kid in the USA and now I am the sole legal heir to the properties(hacked when I was 17). Therefore the press is not to blame since I have laid claim to them over Twitter several times over and when they have established the truth they have merely restored them they way they were first hacked out of my legal inheritance. Furthermore I own the Bank of England and 88 reserve banks all across the globe of which these behemoth castles in England account for a mere .025% in value. The whole reserve banking system of the world was tied up by them enjoying the false ownership of the banks without having any power to transact which in turn feed the commercial banks of almost the entire planet and thus no one had any money since they had to rely on QE over 10x while remaining within the Fractional Reserve Banking system. Collectively they have done a very good job and I will make sure they have access to higher resources in the future.

Loretta Bowserreply
January 10, 2020 at 2:46 pm

Ms. Mian and Ms. Fenton, you two have a fan, from Tampa FL, USA, who applaud you both for your open letters that support Harry and Meghan’s decision to put their family first and for criticizing the out right disrespect of the British media. I pray that Harry’s grandmother, father and brother join to support him and Meghan with thumbs up.

January 13, 2020 at 7:04 pm

All power to these two individuals – setting standards of decency and respect. Saying no to press abuse.

Raj Vermareply
January 15, 2020 at 7:24 pm

A complete and true statement of the complete outrage every right thinking individual should feel of the way Harry and Meghan have been treated. It’s a disgrace, the British press should be utterly embarrassed by their behaviour, but they won’t and instead will try to defend themselves with even more contemptible behaviour. One more sale hey!

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