- Meghan Markle has been a part of British tabloids ever since she started dating Prince Harry.
- Royal expert Kristen Menger says the press will forget Meghan once Prince William’s children grow up.
- The British press left Prince Harry and Prince William alone until they entered their teens and 20s.
From the moment the news broke that she was dating Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has been on the headlines and covers of British tabloids.
The investigation hasn’t stopped since he moved to Montecito, California, two years ago. But royal expert Kristen Menger told Insider she doesn’t believe it will last forever.
“The tabloids really like Meghan rubbing on the coals,” Meinzer said. “But as William’s kids get older, their appetite for it starts to wane, as the next generation of kids arrives.”
“A lot of interest in royals in their 20s and into their 30s becomes hyper-focused when they’re teenagers,” he said. “It’s like Hollywood.”
Meinzer noted that Prince William was portrayed as a “teenage dream sex symbol” in the ’90s – not just in the UK. In July 1996, when he was 14, William landed on the cover of People with a headline calling him “Britain’s newest heartthrob” with “a lot of women waiting”. An early 2000 issue of NW Magazine – an Australian publication – featured a teenage Prince William on the cover as rumors swirled that he might be dating Britney Spears.
Prince Harry – and his many scandals – also became tabloid fodder as he fought with the paparazzi and played a game of strip poker in Las Vegas.
“William and Harry, we paid little attention to them as Diana’s children, but we mostly cared about Diana,” Meinzer said. “It wasn’t until they got older and we started thinking, ‘Oh, Prince Charming,’ that public interest really peaked. People started dating him, marrying him, or starting a life with him.” could imagine doing.”
Meinzer believes British tabloids will keep their distance from reporting on the personal lives of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – who are 9, 7 and 4 respectively – and make them at least the center of headlines. for now.
“There was a certain level of respect for William and Harry for a few years after Diana’s death,” Meinzer said. “There was an understanding that the press at St Andrews was not going to hide in the bushes while William was there – they would keep their distance and give them some respect.”
“I think they’re going to do the same for William’s kids, but I don’t think that’s going to stop them from publishing the stories,” she said. “We knew about Kate 20 years ago. Things were still popping up about her when she was a university student, but it wasn’t at the feverish level that it was with Diana.”
Meghan is no stranger to the “fever level” of British tabloids. A Daily Mail headline once claimed that her favorite snack, avocado toast, was “promoting human rights abuses, drought and murder.” The day before she married Prince Harry, The Sun ran a headline claiming she was related to a serial killer. Many reported that the press used Kate Middleton’s most recent birthday as an opportunity to criticize Meghan. And Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral has sparked recent headlines amid reports of how Meghan is being treated completely differently than Camilla, the Queen’s consort.
Before stepping down from the royal family, Meghan filed a lawsuit against Associated Newspapers Ltd — which owns the Daily Mail and Mail — on Sunday, accusing the company of running a three-year campaign of concoctions against her. He won the case in 2021. That same year, Meghan said the tabloids should come with a “cigarette-like warning label”. She also told Oprah Winfrey that the constant negative press coverage led her to have suicidal thoughts.
“The press always likes to pick their favourites, they like to choose their villains,” Meinzer told Insider. “They choose their side and they’ve definitely made Meghan the villain of the moment. Sometimes that moment lasts for years. Hopefully it doesn’t last for decades.”
Menger is “really curious” to see how things will turn out over the next five to seven years as Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis grow up.
“Maybe the tabloids won’t be so interested in Meghan anymore,” Meinzer said. “Unfortunately, in our world we have a very specific and aging appetite for public figures.”
“We’ve seen it in all the entertainment industries,” she said. “And yes, the royals are – to some extent – entertainers.”