Diana – Geroges de Keerle – Getty Imges – Kensington Palace
British media has become a war zone for mostly the duke and duchess of Sussex. Following the news of their interview with Oprah Winfrey not only has this caused a spark with British media but also with US media. Many people were taken back by this interview. People that sided with Meghan beforehand grew more empathetic towards her, and people who didn’t grew more intolerant towards her and called her a liar.
A snap poll from YouGov of 2,111 British adults on 8 March showed that from what they had heard and read, 47% of people thought the interview was inappropriate. About a fifth (21%), said the interview was appropriate, but 31% said they did not know – potentially a reflection on the fact it has not aired in full yet. When asked if they have sympathy for Harry and Meghan, based on what they had seen and heard, 33% said they had no sympathy at all. Three in 10 (29%) had some sympathy, with 12% of Britons saying they had “a lot of” sympathy and empathy.
Harry & Megan -Hello magazine
People who are empathetic to Meghan are referencing her treatment from the royal family as similar to Princess Diana’s treatment. They were somewhat similar in many ways that you could imagine. In terms of charity work, Diana’s charisma and the charming smile on her face were always evident, despite the media trying to paint a bad picture of her.
Prince William’s PR team addressed the matter of the interview within the immediate days after, to keep the publics at ease and prevent them from swaying their opinion about the royal family. This was an effective persuasive communication model demonstrated.
As we are aware Prince Phillip went to hospital prior to the interview causing an expected uproar as the publics began questioning why Meghan and Harry would do a lifechanging interview when they are fully aware that Prince Phillip isn’t in a stable condition.
Princess Diana seems to have a central role again because in the eyes of the public it seems that history is repeating itself all over again with the oppression of a princess. There is a lot to unpack as these stories are starting to create some sort of rebellion against the British monarchy.
This has had a heavy impact on the British monarchy as people are starting to question are they relevant like they used to be? As I mentioned previously, the people of the UK don’t have any sympathy for Meghan and Harry but neither do they have sympathy for the royal family. This just shows as we progress as a generation and as humans, the British monarchy doesn’t have as much relevance as they have before in the younger generation.