Meghan and Harry: 'Ball is in their court' says expert
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s press team sent a warning message to the BBC on Monday, reminding the corporation its coverage needed to be impartial, according to reports. BBC correspondents said they were sent the bizarre message on Monday morning, just hours before Meghan and Harry’s explosive interview aired in the UK.
The couple’s PR firm is said to have told the BBC’s journalists not to use only “white old men” when analysing the claims made by the couple.
Instead, they were told to use a “broad range of contributors”.
One insider heavily criticised the move and said the BBC shouldn’t be given such stark advice from a PR.
They told the Sun: “The BBC by its very nature has to be impartial at all times.
“So to be told how to conduct its coverage by a PR person is a bit strange, to say the least.
“This is the UK, not China.
You can’t tell the BBC how to conduct its journalism, which frankly, was more than fair and balanced.”
But the BBC appeared to dismiss the comments and said it was normal for them to be contacted by PRs.
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A BBC spokesman said: “While we are contacted by PRs all the time, we would never confirm whether the representatives of anyone had been in touch.
“You mentioned contributors. We had a broad range of voices on our output and don’t believe there are any issues.”
But the news of the PR intervention has caused a further backlash on social media.
One person wrote: “Typical narcissistic behaviour!
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“She needed to ensure favourable coverage (Control / Manipulation)
“This is also why she complained to ITV about Piers Morgan (Retaliation at criticism).”
A second person said: “Because they want to control the narrative.”
A third said: “Who are they to be warning the BBC about anything, it would hardly be an offence.”
Yesterday it emerged Meghan Markle submitted a formal complaint to ITV over Piers Morgan’s controversial comments about her on GMB.
The outspoken journalist claimed he didn’t believe a work she said, including her revelations she “didn’t want to be alive any more”.
PA Media said the Duchess’s concern was not about the personal attacks on the validity of her racism allegation made against the royal family, or her claims she was not supported by the institution when experiencing suicidal thoughts, but how Morgan’s comments may affect the issue of mental health generally and those attempting to deal with their own problems.
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