The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s relationship with the press has been a difficult one which has disintegrated over time.
Soon after Harry began dating American actress Meghan Markle, he attacked the media over its “abuse and harassment” of his girlfriend.
Kensington Palace warned on his behalf: “This is not a game – it is her life.”
Meghan, who starred in the US TV legal drama Suits, was already skilled at red carpet appearances and promoting herself in the media.
The couple’s engagement was celebrated with a press photocall and a television interview.
Their royal wedding, broadcast around the world, was a glittering high-profile affair, with 600 guests and a carriage ride through Windsor.
British newspapers celebrated the union, with the front page headlines declaring “Kisstory”, “A wedding to redefine royalty” and “So in love”.
But the Queen’s grandson, who, along with Meghan, has now quit as a senior working royal, grew up fully aware of the impact of overwhelming media intrusion on the daily life of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
He was only 12 when the princess was killed in a crash after her car, driven at speed by a drunk chauffeur, was chased through the streets of Paris by the paparazzi.
Harry’s dislike of the media seemingly intensified following the birth of his son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, as he sought to protect his family.
In October 2019, the Sussexes overshadowed the end of their official tour to Africa by each bringing separate legal actions against parts of the press, with Meghan suing the Mail On Sunday over an alleged breach of privacy when it published a private letter between her and her estranged father.
The Mail On Sunday said it stood by its story.
Harry later filed his own proceedings at the High Court against News Group Newspapers, which owns The Sun and the now-defunct News Of The World, and Reach plc, which owns the Daily Mirror, in relation to the alleged illegal interception of voicemail messages.
Along with the legal action, Harry released a scathing attack on the tabloid press, in which he heavily criticised certain sections of the media for conducting what he called a “ruthless campaign” against his wife.
“I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,” he said.
In the ITV television documentary following the tour, Harry said he was determined to protect his family.
Meghan admitted to feeling vulnerable and spoke of the pressures of royal life amid intense tabloid interest.
She told how she underestimated the tabloids’ interest in her after she began dating Harry.
“When I first met my now-husband my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me: ‘I’m sure he’s great but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life’,” she said.
She added: “I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip.
The duchess revealed: “I never thought this would be easy but I thought it would be fair, and that is the part that is hard to reconcile.”
The Sussexes dropped their Megxit bombshell at the start of the year, saying they intended to step back as senior royals for a dual role earning their own money and supporting the Queen.
The royal crisis ended with them quitting the monarchy completely and having to drop the use of their HRH styles.
In the aftermath, Harry spoke of how he wanted his family to have a “more peaceful” life away from the royal family.
In an emotional speech at a Sentebale dinner, Harry described the media as a “powerful force”.
“When I lost my mum 23 years ago, you took me under your wing,” he told those at the charity event.
“You’ve looked out for me for so long, but the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful, because this is so much bigger than just us.”
The couple used their website to criticise Britain’s royal correspondents and reveal they would no longer participate in the “royal rota” system which has been used by Buckingham Palace for decades.
They later set this is motion in a letter to tabloid editors, saying they were ending co-operation with the Daily Mail, Daily Express, the Daily Mirror and The Sun, along with their Sunday and online versions.
The letter hit out at reporting it claimed was “distorted, false, and invasive beyond reason”.
It added: “Media have every right to report on and indeed have an opinion on The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, good or bad. But it can’t be based on a lie.”
Watch what you say about COVID-19 on social media, Quebec College of Physicians warns its members – CTV News Montreal
Quebec’s College of Physicians has issued a warning to the province’s doctors who talk about COVID-19 on social media: denying the importance of the virus, or encouraging citizens to deconfine themselves quickly, not only goes against directives of public health, but also of their code of ethics.
The College is urging them to be careful when writing comments about COVID-19 on Twitter or Facebook.
The reminder was issued Wednesday via a press release.
The College said it was informed by its investigations division that doctors were using social media to voice their opinions about the COVID-19 pandemic.
It reminded doctors that their ethical obligations always hold “even when they express themselves from a personal point of view” on social media.
In no way should such communications on these platforms be used to express opinions or disseminate messages that are contrary to scientific standards, the College said.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 3, 2020.
Media Alert: ESG Event for Board Directors Featuring CEO of Bank of America and Founder of World Economic Forum Explores Measurement of Stakeholder Capitalism – Financial Post
Exclusive virtual event on June 16th, hosted by Diligent Corporation, provides insight into ESG, metrics and the board’s role from a powerhouse panel
NEW YORK — As companies continue to focus on long-term value creation in the face of economic recovery, operationalizing Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) will be critical. However, with no consistent metrics, disclosures or reporting frameworks, companies and board members struggle to effectively oversee risk, communicate performance, and measure shareholder and stakeholder impact.
Hear directly from the business leaders who are actively seeking to formalize common metrics and how board members can support initiatives for consistent ESG standards. Featuring Brian Moynihan, Chairman & CEO of Bank of America and Chair of the World Economic Forum International Business Council, and Klaus Schwab, Founder & Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, “Measuring Stakeholder Capitalism: ESG, Metrics & the Board’s Role” will explore:
- Will the push for stakeholder capitalism accelerate in a post-COVID world?
- What can boards expect with the move towards common metrics and consistent reporting?
- How can boards best navigate the implications for company strategy and governance?
What: Measuring Stakeholder Capitalism: ESG, Metrics & the Board’s Role
When: Tuesday, June 16 at 10 AM Eastern
Where: Virtual event link will be sent after registration
RSVP: by Friday, June 12 to confirm participation
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The Media, Entertainment and Culture Industry's Response and Role in a Society in Crisis – World Economic Forum
In collaboration with Accenture
COVID-19 continues to unfold with a profound shock across the media industry. At extraordinary speed, it has disrupted supply and demand, workforce and business operations, monetization, the industry ecosystem, and the emotional and physical health of the industry’s community. The first priorities have been to adapt to ensure business continuity and support society, workers, and customers.
The Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Media, Entertainment and Culture, has convened C-level executives from the Media ecosystem to identify leading responses to the crisis in the short term, and help build back better in the mid to long term. In the first of a series of papers on what COVID-19 will mean for the media and entertainment industry, this report, in collaboration with Accenture, explores the role of the industry in a society in crisis and how the companies’ efforts can advance recovery for long-term resilience.
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