Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Could Experience Friendlier Media In Canada: Expert
|The Huffington Post 15 Jan 2020 at 15:47|
Jeffrey Dvorkin remembers returning home to the Annex in downtown Toronto to find his quiet neighbourhood transformed by a swarm of paparazzi, reporters, police and security. At the centre of the pandemonium was none other than Prince Harry , who at the time, was courting the “Suits” actress then known as Meghan Markle .
Since then, the press has proved to be an unwelcome third wheel in the couple’s relationship. And after years of mounting tensions , the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have , including their traditional media obligations.
As the Sussexes prepare for a part-time move across the pond , Dvorkin, the director of the journalism program at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus, suspects they’ll find Canada’s media environment much more hospitable than back home.
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While the British tabloids are locked in a cutthroat competition to hunt down sensational headlines, Canada’s media oligopoly favours a less aggressive approach to covering high-profile subjects, said Dvorkin.
“We still have a strong colonial mentality in this country that occasionally leaches into the journalistic culture, which is about being respectful and knowing one’s place,” he said.
“It’ll be a challenge for Canadian journalism to find the right tone, without being seen to be overly deferential and overly Canadian polite, as we tend to be.”
There’s a long history of bitter relations between Fleet Street — London’s historical journalistic hub — and Buckingham Palace, said Dvorkin. But until recently, the rule was that the monarchy “never bites back.”
From the first official statement by Kensington Palace confirming their coupling in 2016, it was clear that Harry and Meghan would take a different tack in calling out what they deemed to be “” directed at the biracial Markle, including commentary with “ racial undertones .”
Dvorkin said racism has always lurked beneath the veneer of British civility, but has come to the fore in recent years as Brexit unleashed a swell of nationalist sentiment that branded Meghan as “not one of us.”
He said the prince’s mistrust of the media traces back to the untimely demise of his mother, Diana , who was killed in a car crash in 1997 while being pursued by photographers.