Prince Harry's new documentary criticized as out of touch

The Duke faces criticism for appearing in a documentary that focuses on a 15-year-old phone hacking scandal.

Pop Culture & Art July 11, 2024

Prince Harry has come under criticism for his involvement in ITV's forthcoming documentary ‘Tabloids on Trial’. 

Despite the documentary not yet being released, it has already sparked debate. The documentary focuses on the phone hacking scandal that affected Harry over 15 years ago, aiming to shed light on the issue.

The documentary, set to air on ITV1 on 25 July at 9 pm, includes perspectives from other victims such as Hugh Grant, Charlotte Church, and Paul Gascoigne. The phone hacking scandal primarily impacted public figures in the early 2000s and has been largely resolved since 2011.

Brittany from Royal News Network has criticised the documentary’s narrative, stating, "Prince Harry wants us to feel sorry for him yet again." She questioned the relevance of revisiting the scandal, noting, "This phone hacking scandal ended in 2011," and emphasising that "phones are safer" now, with "celebrities just giving out the information for free." 

Brittany further argued that Prince Harry's efforts are misplaced, saying, "Prince Harry is not doing this to change the British media."

Brittany also highlighted the lack of ongoing relevance, stating, "There is no evidence at this point that there is active phone hacking anywhere." She added, "The newspapers are still going to do what they're going to do," implying that Harry's actions might not lead to significant changes. 

Brittany believes that Harry's motivations are more personal, saying, "At the end of the day, this is all really about his mother and Meghan Markle."

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