British media slams claims they were 'fed negative stories' as part of 'royal war' on Meghan Markle
Rebbeca English, a representative of the royal press, penned a scathing editorial for the Daily Mail criticizing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's claims that Buckingham Palace "fed" the media unfavorable news. English stated that it is "categorically untrue" to say that Buckingham Palace "routinely fed" negative information to the media as part of a "war" against Markle or to counteract less positive headlines about other senior royals.
She wrote, "Why can I say this with absolute confidence? Well, because as a long-standing royal correspondent on the country's biggest-selling daily newspaper, I can only presume that those stories would have, on occasions, been leaked to me," reported Daily Mail. On Tuesday, December 13, the Duchess of Sussex's allies alleged that Palace employees deliberately used her as a "scapegoat" to draw attention away from other senior royals. Additionally, Markle and her allies alleged in the Netflix documentary 'Harry & Meghan' that inaccurate stories and unfavorable briefings about her and Harry were sent as part of a "war against Meghan".
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According to Daily Mail, lawyer Jenny Afia stated that there is proof that Harry and Markle have received a "negative briefing from the Palace to suit other people's agendas." In addition, Markle's friend Lucy Fraser, who was present at the wedding, claimed that the Palace had used the duchess as the "spacegoat."
Fraser stated, "They would feed stories on her – whether they were true or not – to avoid other less favorable stories being printed." However, neither Afia nor Fraser's astonishing assertions have been supported by any proof provided by Harry and Meghan.
"There was a real kind of war against Meghan, and I've certainly seen evidence that there was negative briefing from the Palace against Harry and Meghan to suit other people's agendas," Afia claimed in the most recent teaser of the Netflix documentary. It is, however, unclear if any of the "evidence" Afia indicated would appear in the most recent episodes.
Afia further stated, "You would just see it play out. A story about someone in the family would just pop up for a minute, and they'd go, 'We gotta make that go away.' But there's real estate on a website homepage, there's real estate there on a newspaper front cover, and something has to be filled in there about someone royal."
The allegations of bogus reports and unfavorable briefings being leaked were dismissed as "fanciful" by royal sources. A reliable source stated, "The latest claims are absurd and show a level of paranoia that simply wasn't – or isn't – borne out by reality. The Sussexes' team did nothing but fire-fight to protect them for three years, both in the run-up to and after their wedding," as reported by DailyMail. "The suggestion that negative stories were deliberately leaked against Meghan as some sort of 'war' against her or to prevent stories about other members of the Royal Family being printed, is not just fanciful but untrue," the source concluded.