Prince Harry Says the Royal Family Is "Scared" of the British Tabloids

"There is a level of control that has existed for generations."

There were many bombshell revelations during Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's explosive two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey on CBS on Sunday, but one of the biggest surprises was how much the duke was willing divulge about life behind Palace walls. While the teasers for the broadcast focused on what Meghan would say, some of the most stunning revelations came from Harry, including his assertion that the Royal Family would have never challenged or struck back at the tabloids for their negative and misleading coverage of Meghan because they are afraid of the tabloids. His claim that he is "acutely aware" of "how scared [the royals] are of the tabloids turning on them" could be disastrous for the monarchy. Read on to find out what else he said, and for more on the future of the House of Windsor, check out Can the Monarchy Survive Without Queen Elizabeth?

"There's an invisible contract," Harry said, referring to the royals' alleged decades-long unspoken agreement with the tabloids. He added that the family members who "wine and dine them and give them full access" get better press than he and Meghan have gotten because of their desire to keep their family life private. But he stopped short of naming the family members who court the press for positive coverage.

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"There is a level of control [by the tabloids] that has existed for generations," said Harry, dispelling the notion that it's the Palace and not the media that controls coverage of the Royal Family. Meghan added that the family even hosts parties for the tabloids at the Palace. And for more on how another royal couple has handled the tabloids, check out How Prince William Stopped the Media From Harassing Kate Middleton.

Diane Clehane is a New York-based journalist and author of Imagining Diana and Diana: The Secrets of Her Style.

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