Back When UK MP Chris Bryant Called Out the $3.480000 Worth Hateful Coverage Against Meghan Markle

Published 10/10/2023, 10:18 AM EDT

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“So painful to be hated like this,” Meghan Markle once lamented, grappling with the relentless barrage of hostile media coverage. The vitriol became so unbearable that it eventually prompted them to relinquish their royal responsibilities. Prince Harry, deeply concerned, also made efforts to halt the relentless intrusion of the British media into their lives. The tabloid press took a severe toll on Markle’s mental well-being, as later disclosed in Spare.

In 2022, it was none other than British Labour MP Chris Bryant who confronted this malevolent media coverage and its profit-driven nature. He stood up against the tide of hate and monetization surrounding the issue.

Chris Bryant on malevolent media: Challenging hate against Meghan Markle

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By 2022, Markle’s every move was under media scrutiny, especially after her royal exit with Prince Harry in 2020. Sussex supporters had their back and later, even Labour MP Chris Bryant criticized the news industry for capitalizing on the couple’s struggles. Bryant argued that social media algorithms encouraged the marketing of hatred toward the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with YouTube channels making almost $3.48 million from hateful content about Markle, as reported by Press Gazette in December 2022.

Bryant also noted that newspapers eagerly joined the fray, using stories about the Sussexes as clickbait for ad revenue. He called for updated media ownership rules suitable for the digital era and greater transparency in content recommendations to curb the monetization of hatred in journalism. Bryant argued that this approach devalued people’s lives, treating them as mere commodities to be traded for profit.

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Meanwhile, due to the relentless and malicious media coverage and the lack of support from the royal family, Prince Harry took legal action against the Mirror Group Newspapers.

The legal battle against relentless media coverage

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The Duke disclosed that he sued the Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) to halt the incessant intrusion and hostility directed at him and the Duchess by the British media. In his testimony, he cited a need to explore an alternative course of action rather than relying on the royal family’s approach to address the issue. Their decision to step back from their senior royal roles was driven by the unrelenting intrusion, incitement of hatred, and relentless tabloid harassment, which impacted their mental well-being.

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Throughout their ordeal, Prince Harry underscored the blurred distinction between the public interest and public curiosity, with tabloids prioritizing sensational stories about their personal lives. However, the UK tabloid did apologize for the ordeal. Meanwhile, the royal duo have consistently channeled their experiences into activism, aiming to transform the UK media landscape.

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Do you agree with Chris Bryant’s view on this profit-driven coverage? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Riva Khan is an entertainment reporter at NetflixJunkie. Given her love for the language and writing, she has honed her narrative skills from a young age. She loves her latest tea in Hollywood and keeps an eye on the news.

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