Did the Media Create Prince William and Prince Harry’s Feud?

No one really knows quite what goes on behind the scenes at Kensington Palace. After the frenzy surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s picture-perfect royal wedding died down last year, reports of a massive feud between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began to circulate. And, at the time, many believed it had something to do with the brothers’ plan to split their royal court. But, after months of speculation, the royal family finally confirmed the split — and the very logical reason for it.

Did the media create Prince William and Prince Harry’s infamous feud or were the royal brothers actually in a tiff? Find out, ahead.

Prince William and Prince Harry separate households

Last week, the royal family confirmed what has been haunting us for months: Prince William and Prince Harry are going their separate ways. However, the details aren’t as dramatic as many early reports believed. While we are sad to hear that the royal brothers plan to split their courts, the reason for it is completely logical and has nothing to do with a feud between the two.

According to the announcement, the split was a long time coming and has more to do with Prince William and Prince Harry’s different roles in the royal family. After all, Queen Elizabeth probably doesn’t have time for their fussing. “The long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for the Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage,” the statement explained.

Royal feud rumors

Every family has their differences and, believe it or not, the royal family is no different. Over the last eight months, rumors surrounding feuds between both Prince William and Prince Harry as well as Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have sparked a lot of media attention.

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Prince William and Prince Harry were allegedly in a quarrel because the Duke of Cambridge felt his brother and Meghan Markle’s relationship moved too quickly. However, that’s not that crazy of a claim. For one, it did move kind of fast and two, he was just being protective of his little brother. Additionally, some believed Meghan Markle caused Kate Middleton to cry at a bridesmaid dress fitting ahead of the royal wedding. However, that rumor came and went fairly quickly. The two women attended a tennis match together not too long after and have been warm towards each other in their public outings.

Initially, some also believed that the reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are moving to Windsor was to put some distance between them and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. However, the real reason for the move stems from their desire to raise children outside of the hustle and bustle of the city and Kensington Palace spotlight.

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Did the media create Prince William and Prince Harry’s alleged feud?

Since the news first broke, there has been a lot of back and forth between whether or not Prince William and Prince Harry are actually fighting, or if the feud is between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. However, all of it could just be hearsay, especially since the royal family has provided enough information to diffuse the allegations.

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The Guardian gets online flak for 'Greek crisis holiday'

Advertisement removed after Greeks slam British newspaper for ‘offensive’ financial and refugee-crisis themed trip.

    Social media users have criticised The Guardian for “insulting” the people of Greece and “making money out of misery” after the British newspaper offered a trip highlighting the impact of the financial and refugee crises in the country.

    After the outcry on Wednesday, the page advertising the “Greece & the Euro” holiday was taken down from the newspaper’s website. 

    The week-long “educational and informative tour of modern Greece” that was advertised on The Guardian’s website came at a cost of 2,500 British pounds ($3,527), with a starting date of March 31, 2019. 

    The trip, which is “exclusively designed for Guardian readers”, gives travellers “the chance to meet local families and discover how their lives have been affected by the financial crisis”, the newspaper’s website said.

    “Explore the financial crisis in microcosm through one Athens suburb and the charities and municipalities supporting people through austerity,” the advertisement said of the trip, organised in partnership with the Political Tours travel company.

    During the holiday, readers will also be able to discuss the refugee crisis with a local NGO, Greek officials and international agencies, The Guardian said.

    Included in the seven-day itinerary from the island of Samos to Athens is the chance to meet and travel with The Guardian’s Greece correspondent, Helena Smith, the newspaper said.

    In an emailed statement to Al Jazeera later on Wednesday, a spokesperson for Guardian News & Media said: “The Guardian has been working with Political Tours to provide informative trips to Greece and other countries for people who wish to develop their understanding of the political and social landscapes in these places.

    “On reflection, we have now paused this project in order to reconsider our approach.”

    Earlier, many Greeks and others had taken to Twitter to criticise the newspaper for cashing in on “crisis tourism in a crisis-ridden” country.

    One Twitter user named Konstantina called the trip “shameful” and “offensive”. 

    “For 2,500 pounds you can live the refugee and financial crisis in Greece. This is offensive for the people caught in this,” she wrote. 

    Others questioned the newspaper’s “ethics of journalism”. 

     Some called on the newspaper to offer an apology to the Greeks and refugees living in Greece. 

    Greece has long been feeling the effects of a global financial crisis and domestic economic mismanagement. 

    Over the past decade, consecutive governments have introduced a series of harsh austerity measures in order to tackle the country’s crippling debt, leading to widespread public protests.

    Greece is also home to tens of thousands refugees, many of whom risked their lives undertaking dangerous sea journeys to flee war-torn countries such as Syria.


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    Egypt's Sisi: Defaming security forces is 'high treason'

    President’s warning comes amid controversy over a BBC investigation into alleged rights abuses by security forces.

      Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi warned on Thursday he considers defamation of the country’s armed forces and police an act of “high treason” that wouldn’t be tolerated.

      In televised comments during a visit to the Mediterranean coastal town of Alamein, he reminded viewers of the hundreds of soldiers and police officers killed by armed groups in recent years.

      “If anyone defames them, he is defaming all Egyptians. It’s no longer a question of freedom of speech,” said Sisi, a former general who led the military overthrow of elected president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

      “No one defames the army and police while I am here.” 

      Sisi’s comments came a day after a call by Egypt’s top prosecutor, Nabil Sadek, for legal action against news outlets that publish “false news, statements and rumors”. 

      “[The decision comes] in light of recent attempts by the forces of evil to undermine the safety and security of the nation by broadcasting and spreading lies,” Sadek said in a statement.

      Fabricated sources?

      Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry criticised the British broadcaster BBC on Tuesday for recent reporting on human rights in the country.

      “It is … regretful to notice lack of professionalism in the performance of some media outlets, which base their coverage on fabricated sources, for political purposes, or in search of scoops,” he said. 

      “This was the case in BBC’s last week report on Egypt, where the girl – who was alleged as forcibly disappeared and tortured – appeared on screens refuting such claims.”

      The State Information Service accused the BBC of spreading false information and demanded an apology “refuting the professional errors and violations, as well as the allegations on the situation in Egypt”.

      BBC published a short documentary on February 23 purporting to show human rights violations in the North African country. 

      It gave detailed account of arrests, forced disappearances, torture, and sexual violence as recounted by victims and their families. Egyptian authorities called the reporting “flagrantly fraught with lies”. 

      Hatem Azzam, a former member of Egypt’s parliament and a human rights advocate, said in a tweet the BBC story exposed practices that have become all too common.

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      Social media sites work to scrub NZ shooter posts as video spreads

      Google, Twitter and Facebook are working to remove the social media presence of a man responsible for the New Zealand mosque shootings as graphic video footage he streamed circulates.

      The shooter, Brenton Tarrant, streamed a 17-minute video depicting his shooting rampage in real time to Facebook, with the video also uploaded to YouTube a short time after the shootings. He also uploaded a 73-page manifesto to Twitter.

      A spokesman for Google, which owns YouTube, said it removed a video after at least 100 people had viewed it and more than six had left comments.

      A screenshot from the gunman’s video. It shows the gunman holding a high-powered gun outside the mosque.Credit:YouTube

      His social media accounts have since been removed from three sites, as well as Instagram, but not before the video was shared on social media by other users.

      The shooter’s Twitter account, on which he posted content linked to white supremacist websites and photos of guns, was suspended around 2pm, more than an hour after the shooting.

      However, segments of the video and gifs, uploaded by third parties, were still visible at the time of writing.

      A Twitter spokesman said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the shootings in Christchurch today. Twitter has rigorous processes and a dedicated team in place for managing exigent and emergency situations such as this.”

      Facebook activated a crisis response for the shooting at 1:37pm, an hour after the attack.

      In a statement, Facebook said: “Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community affected by this horrendous act.

      Distressing scenes in Christchurch where New Zealand were set to host Bangladesh.Credit:omnisport

      “New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video. We're also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware.”

      A Facebook spokesman said "as you can probably imagine, this is still an unfolding issue. We are still in the process of removing content from Facebook".

      A YouTube spokesman said: “Our hearts go out to the victims of this terrible tragedy. Shocking, violent and graphic content has no place on our platforms, and is removed as soon as we become aware of it.”

      The social media giants have come under increased global scrutiny in the past 24 months over their responsibilities in stopping hate speech and graphic content from being shared on their platforms.

      In his manifesto, Tarrant wrote he developed his beliefs on the “the internet, of course. You will not find the truth anywhere else''.

      All three social media sites stated they would work with law enforcement.

      A Spark spokesman said the company, Vodafone and New Zealand's third-largest internet provider Vocus had agreed to block customers' access to overseas websites that provided access to the video.

      The Australia Media and Communications Authority reported that it received a "small number" of complaints about a "number of broadcasters" for showing graphic segments of the video.

      Some television networks showed edited clips or stills from the footage on Friday.

      New Zealand Police have urged social-media users not to share the footage.

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      Channel 4 Looks To Join BritBox & Orders Regional Content To Fix “Brexit Divide”

      Channel 4 is keen to join the BBC and ITV’s forthcoming digital streaming service BritBox and is also pooling its reach with a raft of European broadcasters as it eyes new partnerships.

      The British broadcaster was not part of the original launch announcement for UK service BritBox but CEO Alex Mahon used her speech at the Deloitte & Enders Media and Telecoms Conference 2019 to register its interest.

      “Of course, we are having positive and constructive discussions with ITV and the BBC about how Channel 4 could partner with them to build the scale of Brit Box. Internationally we are pooling our reach with ProSieben, TF1 and Mediaset in the European Broadcasting Exchange to sell across borders,” she said.

      The broadcaster recently unveiled its plans to move a large portion of its staff outside of London and increasing its spending in the nations and regions. It will open a new HQ in Leeds as well as new creative hubs in Bristol and Glasgow.

      “It ensures that we sound more like our audience and we look more like the nation – building on the success of Hollyoaks, Ackley Bridge or Gogglebox and for the first time regularly co-anchoring Channel 4 News from places other than London. It’s who we are, but it is not easy. However, we must respond to the Brexit divide which is going to be a generational issue in this country,” she said.

      The former Shine Group boss revealed that it has set its first content from its Leeds HQ’s new Digital Creative Unit. The division, which will commission and produce content for social and digital platforms, will launch 4Real, a new factual strand aimed at a young audience.

      “This will be the first of a number of new content strands the unit will be commissioning and is about leveraging our brand and our creative expertise to appeal to our future audience on the platforms where they are,” she added.

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      Mahogany LOX: Social Media Star Reveals She’s Been Cooking Up New Music With Her Brother Sky Blu

      Social media stunner Mahogany LOX has built herself a loyal social media following – the LOXSmiths, and there’s a reason 5 million of them in total are following her every move.

      If one were to look up the definition of triple threat, Mahogany LOX would be a prime example. The social media queen, born Mahogany Cheyenne Gordy, not only holds her own as a model on Deal Or No Deal, but she’s got a bustling DJ career too. Plus, the certified party-starter can sing like it’s nobody’s business, and incorporates her sultry vocals into all her live performances. Being the granddaughter of Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, this lady was destined for greatness. Oh, and as the sister of LMFAO’s Sky Blu, AKA Skyler Austen Gordy, hit-making is a household norm. No wonder it comes so natural to the 24-year-old stunner. We chatted with Mahogany about all of the epic projects she’s got on her plate, and what else her dedicated LOXSmiths can expect in the year to come.

      Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations?

      Everybody that has ever entered Motown. I love Mariah Carey, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child. There’s a lot. And there’s YG, he’s a big influence.

      You’re a DJ and a singer. Is there one that takes precedence over the other for you?

      Actually, no. I’m a performance DJ. So, usually, I just do it all together. So it’s just one big happy family.

      What can fans look out for in 2019?

      I have a lot music in the works, but I can’t really talk too much about it. But I’m definitely going to [release music], and I hope you guys like [it].

      You’re actually related to both members of musical duo LMFAO. Is there any advice they’ve given you musically?

      Well, my brother is Sky Blu of LMFAO. He gave me some advice not too long ago and I hope I’m quoting this right, but he said, “Every time you perform, do it the best you can because it could be someone’s first performance and someone’s last performance that they’ve ever seen.” And I was like “Wow, you’re right.” You have to give it all, 24/7 you know?

      That’s some solid advice! Would you guys ever collaborate with each other?

      Well, me and my brother actually work on almost all of my music together. My first single, he co-wrote and produced, plus a a bunch of my other stuff. A lot of the stuff you guys haven’t heard is mostly with him.

      Congrats on Deal or No Deal. Would you want to delve more into the television side of the industry?

      Yeah, I think it’s fun, I definitely think acting is an amazing way to express yourself and an amazing craft. I definitely want to get into it even more.

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      NHS boss: social media ‘giving anti-vaccination fanatics a platform

      Online anti-jab myths risk lives, says NHS boss: Social media ‘giving anti-vaccination fanatics a platform to spread “fake messages”

      • NHS England head Simon Stevens concerned by stalling vaccination uptake 
      • Last year saw more than triple the number of measles cases across England
      • Rates have fallen in nine of 12 vaccinations given to children

      Head of NHS England Simon Stevens has warned that social media is giving anti-vaccination fanatics a platform to spread myths about life-saving immunisations

      Social media is giving anti-vaccination fanatics a platform to spread myths about life-saving immunisations, the head of NHS England has warned.

      Simon Stevens said he was concerned by stalling vaccination uptake and the dangers ‘fake messages’ posed to children’s health. 

      He said parents at his own daughter’s primary school had used WhatsApp to express concerns about children’s immune systems being ‘loaded up’ with vaccines.

      Likening it to not bothering to tell children to ‘look both ways when they cross the road,’ he said it was ‘irresponsible’ and urged people to stop.

      Speaking at a health summit, Mr Stevens added that these parents were not only risking their own child’s health, but that of others because it threatened what is known as herd immunity.

      He said: ‘As part of the fake news movement, the vaccination deniers are getting some traction. 

      Last year saw more than triple the number of measles cases across England. We have seen a five-year decline in the vaccination uptake.’

      While the UK is a world leader in vaccine coverage, rates have fallen in nine of 12 vaccinations given to children.

      Mr Stevens said: ‘As part of the fake news movement, the vaccination deniers are getting some traction. Last year saw more than triple the number of measles cases across England. We have seen a five-year decline in the vaccination uptake’ (Stock image) 

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      Charges against Nepal journalists ‘attack on press freedom’

      Journalists from Nepal’s largest newspaper have been charged with contempt of court after publishing critical stories about the country’s chief justice.

        Journalists from Nepal’s largest newspaper have been charged with contempt of court after publishing critical stories about the country’s chief justice. The case against The Kantipur Daily is being seen by government critics as an attack on press freedom.

        Al Jazeera’s Subina Shrestha has more from the capital, Kathmandu.

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        Tatler’s guide to social media etiquette

        Tatler’s guide to social media etiquette: From how to announce an engagement to the dos and don’ts of WhatsApp… how many rules are YOU breaking?

        • Society bible Tatler has released its guide to correct social media etiquette 
        • Tongue-in-cheek list notes you shouldn’t use WhatsApp to arrange a party
        • Guests must never post photos of people’s children or the inside of other homes 

        Society bible Tatler has released a handy etiquette guide to help you navigate the complex world of social media. 

        The tongue-in-cheek list, published in the April issue today, advises readers on the correct way to use WhatsApp and the rules surrounding Instagramming a friend’s wedding. 

        But there are also some long-standing rules for offline engagement that remain in place – like never asking guests to remove their shoes or sending them a bill after their stay. 

        So read on if you want to brush up on the dos and don’ts of polite digital behaviour. But remember the unbreakable rule: phones should always be put away in company…

        Society bible Tatler has released a handy guide to help you navigate the complex etiquette rules of social media. Stock image

        Messaging

        1. WhatsApp groups are to be avoided when organising a party. There should be some mystery as to who’s coming

        2. If you’ve been included in a group, do not leave. It will offend people. (Only the Hon Philippa Cadogan can get away with this)


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        3. Inter-generational WhatsApping is best avoided – although aristocratic family chats are now de rigeur, the wittiest being the De La Warr/Hopetoun clique

        4. Turning off blue ticks is advisable for those prone to severe social anxiety

        Always remember the unbreakable rule: phones should always be put away in company

        Photography

        1. You may post pictures of other people’s gardens, but never post pictures of the insside of their homes without permission.

        2. You may post pictures of other people’s pets, but not of their children.

        3. Engagement announcements are for The Times, not your Instagram feed.

        4. For new friends of royals: the social-media blackout should be observed zealously.

        5. Never post a picture of an invitation unless you want it to be rescinded.

        6. Weddings: If the couple put an @ or a # on the invitation, it is acceptable – even compulsary – for you to post pictures of their wedding. If they do not, you may not.

        7. When meeting someone you follow for the first time IRL, do not pretend that you don’t know who they are.

        Old rules die hard

        1. Do not send bills to your guests. Even if they rip up a Rembrandt and smash the Sevres. (You can be more selective in future though).

        2. Never, ever ask your guests to take off their shoes.

        3. Invitation is a noun. Invite is a verb. You do not send invites.

        4. Never give your host Hotel Chocolat chocolates – they’ll know immediately that you bought them at the station.

        See the full feature in the April issue of Tatler, available via digital download or newsstands now. 

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