I continue to be fascinated—and not in a good way, of the UK’s coverage of Prince Andrew’s questionable connection with convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein. If the papers dedicated as many headlines and real estate to this subject as they did to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s private jet rides than this newsworthy story would have bumped the duo right off the front page--and rightfully so.
In continuing with the crappy coverage, the papers have opted to gloss over another blip in the Prince Andrew’s world. In the wake of the negative coverage, the Prince hired Jason Stein, a communications specialist to help repair and rebuild his image. Stein resigned a month into his new gig. I don’t know about you but the first thing that pops into my head is…geez, that would be a big blow for a Prince who’s trying to recoup his image. You would think that there would be A LOT of follow up on this one.
Especially given that this was what happened to Meghan Markle when multiple members of her staff resigned. Her character was on the line, she was referred to as a ‘horrible boss’ and someone with ‘diva demands.’ The coverage of her staff leaving dominated the front pages as did the attacks on her character. There was not a lot of space dedicated to ‘small’ little details such as positions being temporary or the staff members who adored her.
I googled away and can tell you at the time of this post there is surprisingly little spotlight shone on Prince Andrew’s spin doctor quitting. Just to regroup here…Prince Andrew has been allegedly accused of participating in an orgy with underage girls and, having intimate relations with a 17- year-old on three occasions. Seriously?! His spin-doctor quitting after such a short stint is not newsworthy especially given the background of why he needed to be hired in the first place. Unlike Markle, Prince Andrew has not been graced with a slew of adjectives to describe his character or his behaviour. I for one, can think of some adjectives.
Fortunately, in the UK there are people are coming to Meghan's defense. On October 29th, I was thrilled to see that 72 female British MP’s, from multiple parties signed an open letter in support of Meghan Markle, the letter stated the UK newspapers unfair attacks on Markle violated her privacy and “can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones.” In other words, the articles have racist undertones. Bravo ladies! Thank you for speaking up and challenging the newspaper’s bad behaviour.
As for Prince Andrew and his alleged bad behaviour, I am still waiting for the flurry of articles in the UK media that attack his character and thoroughly question his role in the Jeffery Epstein sex trafficking ring. Isn't that what newspapers are supposed to do?
Something to think about...
I'll leave you with a video of Amy Robach on the set of 20/20 speaking on hot mic after Epstein's death in July 2019. It was a private conversation that was leaked on Nov 5th. It will be interesting to see how long the powerful forces behind this man of privilege are able to protect him and I'd like to know why Meghan is not given the same consideration.