Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a ‘key lesson’ to learn from Keir Starmer’s landslide | Royal | News

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have a “key lesson” to learn from Keir Starmer‘s landslide victory at the General Election last week, a royal commentator has claimed.

Labour won against Tories securing the 411 seats required for a majority in the House of Commons – thus putting an end to 14 years of Conservative rule.

And according to Newsweek‘s royal correspondent, Jack Royston, Sir Keir’s victory and how he responded to the scrutinisation from certain media beforehand should teach the Sussex couple a thing or two about their own strategy.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have long been embroiled in an ongoing war with the British media which started even before they stepped down as senior working royals in 2020.

Mr Royston claims that since their “more confrontational approach to the media began”, Harry and Meghan saw their popularity in the UK plunge and questioned whether their strategy was a “good one”.

Meanwhile, he compared their sinking popularity to the one of the Labour Party, which, during the same period, saw its leadership transition from socialist Jeremy Corbyn to centre-left leader Keir Starmer, who ended up securing a landslide victory for them.

The royal expert suggested that the key to Sir Keir’s victory compared to Harry and Meghan’s failure to salvage their popularity with the British public. The new Prime Minister “never fought back” at the “major campaign against him” by some of the “very same newspapers” that targeted the Sussexes too.

He wrote in his column: “Polling indicates Starmer maintained significant support among the readerships of those very newspapers, confounding a key plank of Harry’s argument about the media.”

The duke has previously accused the media and the Government of being “corrupt” and at “rock bottom”.

During his infamous Oprah Winfrey interview in 2021, Harry said again: “If the source of the information is inherently corrupt or racist or biased, then that filters out to the rest of society.”

Following this, Mr Royston wrote that “it’s easy to see” why the duke would “want to fight to defeat this malign force”.

He added: “However, there is an alternate view that the bond between readers and media brands is more informal, with the former perfectly capable of ignoring the latter.”

Mr Royston stated: “The data is striking not only because Starmer survived a tidal wave of negativity from right-wing newspapers but also because he did so without particularly fighting back.”

He added that “speaks to the core fissure between Harry and his family” as Harry and Meghan were asking the Firm to openly go against the press in order to protect them.

The royal correspondent wrote: “None of this necessarily means the prince was wrong to accuse the media of bias, but it does challenge his own cure for the malaise.”

He claimed that while “no two life stories are entirely the same” there are similarities and differences between Harry and Meghan’s experience with the press to that one of Keir Starmer.

But, the latter’s alleged silenced stance against the media helped him avoid “what is known in PR circles as the Streisand effect, where complaining only serves to draw more attention to the criticism a public figure receives”, contrary to the Sussex couple.

Mr Royston concluded: “It all appears to point toward the possibility that voters may be perfectly capable of ignoring the views of the newspapers they read and forming their own conclusions based on what they see and hear for themselves.”

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