(1) – Prince Harry and his spouse, Meghan, have instructed Britain’s largest tabloids that there could be “zero engagement” with them in future due to their false and invasive protection, upping the stakes of their more and more fraught relationship.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who gave up their jobs as working royals on the finish of final month, have made little secret of their displeasure with the tabloids and later this week Meghan’s authorized case towards one of many papers will likely be heard at London’s Excessive Court docket.

In a letter to the editors of The Solar, Each day Mail, Each day Categorical and Each day Mirror newspapers on Sunday night, the couple, who are actually residing within the Los Angeles space, mentioned they’d now not have interaction with their publications.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have watched individuals they know – in addition to full strangers – have their lives fully pulled aside for no good cause, apart from the truth that salacious gossip boosts promoting income,” their letter mentioned.

“With that mentioned, please be aware that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex won’t be participating with your outlet. There will likely be no corroboration and zero engagement.”

The couple mentioned the choice was not about avoiding criticism or censoring correct reporting.

“Media have each proper to report on and certainly have an opinion on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, good or dangerous. However it might’t be primarily based on a lie,” the letter mentioned.

Meghan, a former U.S. actress, and Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and sixth in line to the British throne, have change into one of many world’s largest movie star {couples} since their glittering 2018 marriage.

‘BULLYING AND RACIST’

However, that has additionally introduced large media consideration, and they’ve accused some retailers of bullying and being racist in direction of Meghan, whose father is white and mom is African-American.

Harry has lengthy had a fraught relationship with the press who he blames for the loss of life his mom Princess Diana, who was killed in a automotive crash in Paris in 1997 as her automobile sped away from chasing paparazzi photographers when he was simply 12.

A London court docket additionally heard in 2013 that voicemail messages on his telephone had been hacked by workers working for Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct Information of the World.

Final yr, Harry mentioned he would sue Murdoch’s Solar and the Each day Mirror over the hacking whereas Meghan started authorized motion towards the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a letter she wrote to her father. The following stage of that case will likely be heard in court docket this week.

Harry has mentioned the therapy Meghan had obtained echoed the relentless consideration his mom endured within the years earlier than her loss of life.

“My deepest worry is historical past repeating itself. I’ve seen what occurs when somebody I really like is commoditised to the purpose that they’re now not handled or seen as an actual particular person,” he mentioned in a press release final October.

“I misplaced my mom and now I watch my spouse falling sufferer to the identical highly effective forces.”

Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, not too long ago moved to the USA the place they intend to launch a brand new charitable basis after stepping away from their royal roles.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prince Harry and his spouse Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive on the Endeavour Fund Awards in London, Britain March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Britain’s media minister Oliver Dowden mentioned it was up to the couple how they operated since withdrawing from royal duties.

Nevertheless, media critics of the couple questioned the timing of their announcement, coming throughout the coronavirus disaster.

“Think about considering anybody cares about their harm little me-me-me egos as well being staff world wide are dying at work?” mentioned Piers Morgan, a breakfast TV present host and a former Each day Mirror editor. “What a pair of repulsive, deluded narcissistic instruments.”

Further reporting by Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Man Faulconbridge