On the Harry & Meghan interview and the UK press

Some reactions from UK media to the accusations of racism levelled during the Oprah interview.

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

Well, this wasn't how I expected to break my homeschool-driven blogging fast, but them's the breaks. The Sussexes had some serious things to say about the UK media in their interview with Oprah. Here's a few of the more telling responses:

John Naughton:

But the interview confirms two things we knew already. One is that the British Royal family is a dysfunctional tribe on an Olympic scale. The other is that British tabloid culture is vicious, racist, and xenophobic to a pathological degree.

The Society of Editors:

The UK media is not bigoted and will not be swayed from its vital role holding the rich and powerful to account following the attack on the press by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Society of Editors has commented.

Paul Wiltshire:

Jess Brammer:

Steven Barnett's piece, written before the interview, is worth reading, too.

And as for me?

This looks like an unforced error from the Society of Editors, which had some reasonable points to make about press freedom, but equally just made an awful lot of young, talented journalists who have lived experience of racism in British journalism feel unsupported by one of the major and most respected trade bodies.


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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.