Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had initially planned to exclude most of the press from their wedding celebrations following a media storm started by the Duchess of Sussex’s father. It was revealed that Thomas Markle had made a deal with the paparazzi to have candid photos taken before the wedding, resulting in widespread coverage of his relationship with Meghan. Speaking to the BBC’s The Princes and the Press, expert Roya Nikkhah said: “I think Thomas Markle is a very good example of how even though royal households want to control the narrative, they can’t. . “
“Regarding the wedding, the starting point was that there would be no members of the press inside St George’s Chapel, not even the press association.
“We all got that operational note from Kensington Palace, we all looked at it and said, ‘Well that’s ridiculous, how will the public know what happened at the inside the chapel other than watching the BBC stream? “
“You need journalists on the ground to get the details. There were negotiations, negotiations were conducted, and in the end we had a reporter inside, from the Press Association, and from other members of the rotation were stationed around St. George’s Chapel. “
Correspondent Valentine Low said: “It was kind of a semi-official shooting for the royal pack.”
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Presenter Amol Rajan has spoken to Meghan Markle’s half-sister Samantha Markle and royal pundits Jonny Dymond and Omid Scobie about her father’s decision to strike a deal with the paparazzi.
Samantha Markle said, “I said daddy, you have a writing to see in the media as you are. Go outside, it might be a good idea to take these photographs. It was for his image of reality and sincerity.
Finding Freedom co-author Omid Scobie added, “It’s the head of the paparazzi agency who really got into his ears to make him believe he can take control of his story and who may blame him.
“I think when we look at the royals Meghan and Harry themselves, they want to take control right now.
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Two days before the royal wedding, Meghan released a statement via Kensington Palace, announcing Thomas Markle’s absence from the ceremony and confirming that he would not lead her down the aisle.
She confirmed the information saying, “Unfortunately my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always taken care of my dad and hope he can have the space he needs to focus on his health.
In response to the broadcast of the documentary, the Royal FamIly issued a statement saying: “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance for a healthy democracy.
“However, too often it is exaggerated and unfounded claims by anonymous sources that are presented as fact and it is disappointing that anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”