An editor who claimed Prince Harry turned down the opportunity to meet with the media said Prince Philip‘s response to Harry and Meghan Markle‘s Oprah interview would be “unprintable”. Camilla Tominey opened a discussion at the Society of Editors’ Media Freedom Conference in London on Wednesday by telling the audience Prince Harry did not respond to a request for participation.
The panel, featuring a number of royal editors including those from the Mirror and The Sunday Times, spoke about some of the claims the Duke of Sussex made in his memoir Spare.
Ms Tominey, Associate Editor at The Telegraph, said when opening the panel: “We did invite Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, to take part in this panel but he declined to respond.”
The panel moderator read out several quotes from the tell-all book about the media, before the panel began their discussion.
Some of the quotes included that the press had “gone to bed with the devil” and the claims of “the leaking and planting of stories”.
Ms Tominey said: “So we know where one member of the royal family stands.”
Harry has spoken about his views of the British media a number of times – including in his Netflix show with Meghan that aired in January.
He also spoke about the media in her interview with Oprah Winfrey following his departure from the Royal Family in 2021.
Ms Tominey said a question she wanted to ask Prince Philip, the late Duke of Edinburgh, was what he thought of Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, adding: “I’m not sure that would be printable.”
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At the conference, the Daily Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers defended the media’s coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, saying when Meghan first came onto the scene it was “overwhelmingly positive”.
The panel also discussed Jeremy Clarkson’s widely criticised column that featured a reference to a scene in Game of Thrones.
The Sun newspaper apologised and said it deeply regretted the article, in which Clarkson wrote he had dreamed of Meghan being paraded through British towns and publicly shamed.
The panel agreed the column could “not” be defended.
The royal editor at the Sunday Times Roya Nikkhah saying the presenter himself had acknowledged he was wrong to write it and that it would “not have been printed in the Sunday Times”.