Several British national newspapers have launched blistering attacks on the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – after their decision on Wednesday to step away from royal life, saying they had shown no understanding of what their roles entailed, and had been disrespectful to Queen Elizabeth.
No one paper emerged as sympathetic to Prince Harry and Markle, although some were reserved in their assessments, arguing the desire for less scrutiny by splitting their time on both sides of the Atlantic might have been understandable, especially since the birth of son Archie.
But others were far more scathing.
The Daily Mirror, one of three papers facing lawsuits from the couple, often fumed in its coverage about “an extraordinary day in the history of the royal family”. One comment piece in particular pulled no punches.
“Harry has selfishly turned his back on the institution she (the Queen) has fought to modernise and secure for him and his children,” Rachael Bletchly wrote.
“And he didn’t even have the guts or decency to tell her, or his own father, of the bombshell he was about to drop in their laps.”
“Well, good riddance,” Bletchly added. “I for one have had a bellyful of Harry’s eco-warrior hypocrisy.
“The tragedy is he was once the most loved of the modern royals — from the moment he walked behind his mother’s coffin our hearts ached for him.
Then he met Meghan. But boy, she changed our Harry.