DAN WOOTTON: I’ve had enough of Harry’s deranged campaign against media ‘devils’ and the royals


If the Queen Consort Camilla is ‘dangerous’ and a ‘dragon’ for working with the British free Press to improve her reputation, then Prince Harry and Meghan are themselves dragon slayers.

We’ve now had to sit through hours of a grim fantasy created by the embittered Sussexes, most recently outlined in painful softball interviews by their BFF Tom Bradby on ITV in the UK and woke US media allies Anderson Cooper on CBS and Michael Strahan on ABC.

The fairy tale goes that this selfless and altruistic couple were forced to smash relations with their British royal relatives and flee the country because of a vicious briefing campaign launched against them, even seeing the Press conspire with the institution and senior members of the Royal Family to drive out such a popular pair.

That narrative is deranged.

DAN WOOTTON: We’ve now had to sit through hours of a grim fantasy created by the embittered Sussexes, most recently outlined in painful softball interviews by their BFF Tom Bradby on ITV in the UK and woke US media allies Anderson Cooper on CBS and Michael Strahan on ABC

DAN WOOTTON: It's a hypocritical invented account designed by snivelling Harry and fake Meghan to avoid taking any account for their own behaviour, including credible claims of bullying against staff by the American diva

DAN WOOTTON: It’s a hypocritical invented account designed by snivelling Harry and fake Meghan to avoid taking any account for their own behaviour, including credible claims of bullying against staff by the American diva

It’s a hypocritical invented account designed by snivelling Harry and fake Meghan to avoid taking any account for their own behaviour, including credible claims of bullying against staff by the American diva.

Well, I’ve had enough of media figures tiptoeing around what we all know are falsehoods.

If Harry and Meghan claim briefing the tabloid Press is some sort of unforgivable ‘crime’ undertaken by Charles, Camilla, William and Kate, then they are just as guilty.

DAN WOOTTON: I've had enough of media figures tiptoeing around what we all know are falsehoods

DAN WOOTTON: I’ve had enough of media figures tiptoeing around what we all know are falsehoods

How do I know? Well, I was on the receiving end of such briefings by the Sussexes’ own communications team during my years covering Meghan’s time in the Royal Family as I broke a series of now infamous scoops, from Tiaragate, the bitter rivalry between Kate and Meghan, and, ultimately, Megxit.

That won’t surprise anyone in the media; it’s literally the job of some courtiers to work with journalists who have discovered legitimate stories in the public interest about the monarchy, a publicly funded institution that should be held accountable by the fourth estate.

In fact, this shouldn’t even be a story.

But Harry has criminalised these so-called ‘briefings and leaks’ – in his words ‘getting in bed with the devil’ – to such an extent that he’s prepared to blow up his own relationship with his loyal brother in such a vicious fashion that it feels highly relevant that he was just as ‘guilty’.

I had loads of phone conversations with staff of the Sussexes, where I was provided with their side of the story in order to balance revelations that, let’s be honest about it, usually made them look bad.

For example, when I revealed the couple had hired their third nanny in just six weeks, their team explained to me the ‘first nanny was a night nurse’ and they didn’t want to ‘take any risks getting this decision right’.

Or when I told how Meghan had made the highly unusual decision to sign a big money book deal while still a working member of the Royal Family, the couple’s team told me her first tome would ‘absolutely not be some sort of tell-all about her life in the royal family.’ Oh, how times change.

DAN WOOTTON: Harry has criminalised these so-called 'briefings and leaks' ¿ in his words 'getting in bed with the devil' ¿ to such an extent that he's prepared to blow up his own relationship with his loyal brother in such a vicious fashion that it feels highly relevant that he was just as 'guilty'

DAN WOOTTON: Harry has criminalised these so-called ‘briefings and leaks’ – in his words ‘getting in bed with the devil’ – to such an extent that he’s prepared to blow up his own relationship with his loyal brother in such a vicious fashion that it feels highly relevant that he was just as ‘guilty’

I even worked closely with Harry and Meghan’s staff before revealing their controversial decision to Megxit in January 2020, giving the couple a week’s notice before publication and including their official briefing expressing frustration they were ‘not central to the future plan’ of the monarchy following the release of an official picture of the Queen with Charles, William and George.

That’s the professional way of working as a journalist; seeking both sides of the story as you ascertain the truth.

We don’t like talking about this sort of thing – no one wants to know how the sausage is made and protecting our confidential sources is something I’m prepared to go to jail to do.

But my profession and Britain’s free Press itself is now under attack.

Prince Harry wants to paint the media as an evil force stoking culture wars and trying to divide Britain.

I’d argue he’s far more responsible for that.

Like the farcical suggestion to Bradby last night that he and Meghan hadn’t used their Oprah Winfrey interview to suggest the Royal Family was racist, despite the fact they did just that with incendiary and unproven claims about a so-called ‘royal racist’ asking about their unborn baby’s skin colour.

Meanwhile, thanks to their Netflix reality show, we now know that Meghan’s team of Hollywood advisers and close friends were working with the US tabloid media, including People magazine, to brief and leak positive stories about the couple – exactly the thing they say they’re so angry about the royals doing in the UK.

And in the new TV interviews and the painfully personal book Spare, which is finally released tomorrow after a torrent of TMI headlines, Harry invades the privacy of his relatives in ways the British media would never be able to justify.

He has proudly leaked the words that a grief-stricken and devastated King Charles uttered to his sons in private in the moments after burying his father Prince Philip and even grossly commented on speculation about whether his brother William is circumcised.

It feels like Harry and Meghan would much rather live in a country like North Korea, Russia or China where journalists are not free to hold public figures accountable.

DAN WOOTTON: Prince Harry wants to paint the media as an evil force stoking culture wars and trying to divide Britain. I'd argue he's far more responsible for that

DAN WOOTTON: Prince Harry wants to paint the media as an evil force stoking culture wars and trying to divide Britain. I’d argue he’s far more responsible for that

Harry’s underlying threat that his relationship with Charles and William is over unless they apologise and pledge to never work with journalists again is both unrealistic, naïve and somewhat chilling.

It’s also worth looking at how Harry’s argument blaming the media for influencing how senior royals, especially William, felt about Meghan simply doesn’t add up.

In last night’s interviews, the Duke has now admitted that William and Kate simply never got on with Meghan from the start, thanks to a personality clash that he hinted could be down to their different backgrounds.

Well, the media, and therefore the public too, had no idea about those ructions until I first revealed Meghan and Kate had fallen out about the way the actress was said to be rudely speaking to staff at Kensington Palace in an exclusive in November 2018.

By the way, at the time courtiers working for William and Kate strongly denied the story to try and keep the peace with the Sussexes, making a mockery of Harry’s claim they were negatively briefing against Meghan.

Harry’s suggestion that William and Kate’s opinion was dictated by negative tabloid headlines about Meghan is therefore ridiculous because at the time when they got to know each other the coverage was almost universally positive.

As Harry has now himself confirmed, the couples had already fallen out.

While it may be hard for Harry to accept, the Prince and Princess of Wales made their own judgements about Meghan being ‘difficult, rude and abrasive’ after countless personal meetings and apparently seeing first-hand the way the Duchess of Sussex reduced staff to tears.

They didn’t have to wait months for the media reports to emerge; rightly or wrongly, their mind was seemingly already made up.

These are just some of the many inconvenient truths that have been exposed during Harry and Meghan’s pitiful and spiteful campaign against their own flesh and blood, which has ironically made them unpopular public figures on both sides of the Atlantic.

Harry claims his ultimate goal is to reform the Press. It’s not; he wants to control it.

Because the bloke is more than happy to share the most intimate details of his family’s life to favoured outlets or organisations like Netflix or Random House for multi-million dollar paydays.

But when a newspaper or broadcaster questions the rank hypocrisy of his climate change campaigning, for example, while being regular users of carbon spewing private jets, he wants them silenced and shut down.

Enough is enough – it’s time for even the woke media to stop giving the Duke of Delusion an easy ride and realise the damage he is causing to democracy with his falsehoods, distortions and deranged attacks designed to cause further damage to freedom of the Press in Britain.

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