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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s sudden media demands are ‘completely unacceptable’

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said the demand that came shorty after they announced to the world they would quit as senior royals – with the Queen and Prince William among names that found out on the TV – would compromise “the ability of journalists to do their jobs”. She said: “We cannot have a situation where journalists writing about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex can only do so if they have the royal seal of approval.” Ms Stanistreet is making a thinly-veiled reference to the freedom of the press, which the Duke and Duchess are attempting to deny the media of.

The principle is one that states communication and expression through various media, including printed and electronic media, especially published materials, should be considered a right to be exercised freely.

Nations and organisations that restrict or ban freedom of the press are considered to lack democracy.

According to Reporters Without Borders – a non-profit origination in Paris that conducts political advocacy in relation to press freedom – a lack of press freedom can turn to the publication of propaganda.

The statement from the NUJ comes less than a day after more drama in the Royal Family, which sadly took place on the Duchess of Cambridge’s birthday.

Kate turned 38 today but had her birthday overshadowed by the news of Meghan and Harry’s departure from royal life.

It was today revealed the couple had spent the last six months building up an empire worth £400million and trademarked products including hoodies to make cash.

It has been revealed Harry and Meghan could earn £180,370 between them a year, if they took “normal” jobs after leaving the Royal Family.

Harry and Meghan are estimated to generate revenue hitting £400m a year after splitting from the Royal Family.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their announcement after nearly two months in Canada.

They posted their statement on Instagram, which read: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.

“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.

“It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.

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“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.

“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

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