LONDON (AP) – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex say they will no longer cooperate with several British tabloid newspapers because of what they call â€œdistorted, false or invasiveâ€ stories.
Meghan and Prince Harry have written to the editors of The Sun, the Daily Mail, the Daily Express and the Daily Mirror saying they wonâ€™t â€œoffer themselves up as currency for an economy of click bait and distortion.â€ They say stories based on â€œsalacious gossipâ€ have upended the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike.
The letter, released Monday by the coupleâ€™s representative, said Harry and Meghan will have â€œzero engagementâ€ with the newspapers, but says the couple â€œbelieve that a free press is a cornerstone to any democracy.â€
Harry, who is a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and sixth in line to the British throne, married the American actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in May 2018, in a ceremony watched around the world.
The couple later said they found scrutiny by the British media – which they said tipped into harassment – intolerable.
In January, they announced they planned to quit as senior royals, seek financial independence and move to North America. The split became official at the end of March, and the couple are currently in California, where Meghan was raised.
The duchess is suing the Daily Mailâ€™s publisher, Associated Newspapers, over a 2018 article that included portions of a letter she had written to her father. A hearing in the case is due to be held later this week in a London court.