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Prince Harry needs a reality check

- January 23rd, 2013
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Prince Harry speaking to the media in November while stationed in Afghanistan. (Photo: John Stillwell/REUTERS)

I think Prince Harry is pretty cool. He’s a veteran – having served two tours in Afghanistan. He seems like a nice enough guy when he’s been out for public events (although I suppose that’s his job, being a member of the royal family). And we all know he likes to have fun.

But dude needs a serious reality check.

This week he ended his tour in Afghanistan and as part of that, he did an exit interview with the media. In it, he basically blasted the media for being jerks.

Newspapers published stories and photos of him after he was caught with his pants not only down, but completely off, while playing pool with some girls during a private vacation in Vegas. He said he should have been able to expect some privacy.

He called the media out over the fact that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had to announce their pregnancy early.

He also told a TV producer, “I never wanted you guys to be out here, but there was an agreement made to invite you out on the deal that the media didn’t speculate before my deployment. That’s the only reason you guys are out here.”

Harry very clearly has a huge chip on his shoulder and, frankly, he needs to get over it. Now.

Yes, the media published photos of him cavorting naked in Vegas. But, the prince did absolutely nothing to prevent those photos from ever existing – he and his entourage invited some random girls up to their suite to hang out and, apparently, play billiards naked. At no point did he or his friends tell anyone in that room no cellphones, no cameras, no recording devices of any kind. Were they afraid the girls would say no to partying with them if they put stipulations like that on the evening?

So, someone from that room realizes, “Hey, I’ve got naked photos of that prince guy – I should totally sell them and make a boatload of cash!”

In the U.S., where the photos were taken and first published, Prince Harry is nothing but an adorable red-headed prince from another country. His title means basically nothing to Americans. He’s just another celebrity – and websites like TMZ (which first published the snaps) thrive because there is a certain level of obsession with celebrities.

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Harry seems to expect the media not to report on the bad details of his life. (Photo: Twitter/QMI AGENCY)

The naked photos make news in the U.S. – does he actually expect British newspapers or media outlets around the world to ignore it?

Sure, you can expect privacy when you ensure what you’re doing is private. Unlike the photos of Wills and Kate taken during a vacation in France (topless shots were taken by a photographer hiding out with a telephoto lens), Harry let someone into that room with a camera, let them take pictures, didn’t tell them to delete them and then expected them to magically stay off the front pages of newspapers and gossip websites.

As for it being the media’s fault that Kate and William had to announce their pregnancy early, well, I don’t believe that’s the case. I think palace officials made the move to announce the pregnancy because they were afraid someone inside the hospital would leak the information – if the British papers didn’t pick it up (as they do tend to shy away from reporting rumours), a gossip website would. Then there would be more fighting between the royals and the papers about how information is released.

It wasn’t a case of the media hounding the poor couple about their pregnancy, or having spies in all hospitals just in case Kate came in. It was the palace realizing the news was about to get out due to Kate’s illness and her need to be hospitalized, and releasing the information.

Prince Harry and Prince William have long hated the media, blaming newspapers/magazines/photographers/TV stations for their mother’s death.

But the brothers have also long been shielded from the media. Photos were released by the palace of the boys growing up instead of photographers following them around, interviews were given only until strict supervision – it was an agreement between the media and the palace to let the boys grow up.

The agreement, however, seems to have just soured Harry and William more to the media – the press is a necessary evil, but both brothers seem to be of the opinion they’d rather do without reporters and photographers.

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(Photo: Daniel Sorabji/AFP)

The problem with that is, if we in the media stop covering their good deeds and public appearances, then the general public forgets they exist, or worse, start to question what we need a royal family for anyway. Why do tax dollars go to support the monarchy when they offer nothing to the people?

But, if the media covers the royal family, then we see they do good things – a big part of which is working with charities.

Unfortunately for Harry and William, coverage by the media doesn’t just mean we show up for the good stuff. It also means we’re there for the bad.

Both princes need to buck up and stop this whining that “the media is a bunch of jerks.” Instead, don’t give us the bad stuff to report on.

There are ways to stay out of the headlines, Harry. Don’t blame the media when you do something stupid and it gets reported on – that’s like burning your tongue with hot tea and blaming the tea.

The media isn’t going away, Harry. So learn to live with it.

 

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5 comments

  1. rob stonwworth. | February 2, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Hey media, face it you are doing what your doing to generate revenue by selling through the vast medium available for consumers. Don’t give me that crap about having to report the good and the bad. Your a business and your job is to generate revenue to make a profit. If my mom was killed when I was a young boy I would be pissed to. You have to take the blame for a lot of the shit that is going on. You play on the human emotions. Sex, Violence sells papers and publications. You make the token gesture and put the odd good news article in a paper. I have already read it on the internet the day before. Get your head out of your butt and get back to true reporting and don’t hide behind the public ban to report news that protects deviates, murderers and perverts. You people are crude, insensitive and choose the course of being smart stupid. You are all in your own little planet.

    ensitive and choose the course of being smart stupid.

  2. T.J. Coldwell | February 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    They the media have to sell news papers and magazines. They don’t always get there facts straight and will go to great lengths to get there story even butter it up to make it more interesting.It doesn’t matter whose lives they destroy in doing so. It all comes down to the mighty dollar. Yes putting it nicely the media are jerks. Sadly to say the media, news papers and magazines have created a market out there for photos and privet moments not meant to be shared.

  3. Zach Swan | February 2, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Hey media: you killed his mother when that mob of paparazzi mercilessly chased them through the streets of Paris. I think he has every right to have a chip on his shoulder.

  4. Robert Moore | February 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    How can this story, and the comments, contain so much error (IMO)? There is quite a tangle of interests at work with the players here. The media “scandal stories” generate revenue because a significant section of the public has an [unsavory?] interest in it; if there was no such interest, the stories would cease. In effect, the media would be falling down on the job if it failed to report on activities the public finds titillating! Moreover, today (as opposed to former days) the extremely silly world of royalty owes its extraordinary wealth, position and privilege ENTIRELY to the public interest it generates and which is serviced by the media sub-culture panting at its gates! Ergo, it follows that Harry – and his other ridiculously privileged royal clones – should shut up and gratefully bear the pesky burdens of the fame to which they owe absolutely everything! Without their royal membership passes, they would actually have to do something beyond “simply being there” to earn a living! A note to the Kate Schwass-Bueckertmedia who asked in here story “Why do tax dollars go to support the monarchy when they offer nothing to the people?”: British royalty actually generates terrific revenue for England, vastly more (so I’ve heard) than it costs to sustain it. This is in contrast to what is offered by Paris Hilton, the Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo, and the whole horde of like do-nothings who are simply in the celebrity business (in and for itself) created by tattle-sheets and columns that make paid – even if nugatory -work for second-string media personnel! As I said, a tangle of interests …. and none is particularly edifying, for this is scarcely humanity at its most noble!

  5. Brent | February 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    It appears that Prince Harry has an opinion of the media (which he is entitled to) that the author doesn’t agree with. Well Kate, you’ll just have to learn to live with it.

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