Prince Harry is becoming “suspicious and unfriendly towards the media,” according to a former royal editor.
Tim Ewart, who worked for ITV and covered the royals for nearly a decade until 2017, said that when the Duke of Sussex first began to carry out duties, he was cautious and on occasion, hostile of the press.
Speaking on Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box,’ Tim said: “He [Harry] would turn his back to the cameras, he wouldn’t respond, but I think gradually that greatly improved and relations became much, much more relaxed.”
Tim recalled Harry’s first official trip representing the Queen in the Caribbean in 2012, when he was at his most relaxed and made everybody laugh when he won a race against Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.
But in recent months, Tim says the new dad has “turned against the media again big time.”
“It’s simply because of what he perceives as media treatment of Meghan,” Tim said of Harry’s souring relationship with the media.
“He perceives it as being hostile, unfair, unreasonable, bordering in his mind, on racist,” he added.
Early into his and the ex-actor’s relationship in 2016, Prince Harry issued an unprecedented statement, speaking out against the media’s “abuse and harassment” of his then-girlfriend.
“As far as he’s [Harry] concerned, it’s happening all over again. She’s [Meghan] being hounded, she’s being unfairly criticised, stuff about her past and her family is being brought out which he regards as being an intrusion of privacy,” Tim said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made waves with the lengths they’ve gone to keep their private life under wraps.
The arrival of their first child, Archie Harrison, in May was shrouded in secrecy, with the couple eschewing the traditional post-birth photoshoot on the hospital steps.
The new parents waited two full days before releasing official photographs of their new baby, much to the chagrin of fans.
Archie’s recent christening on July 6 was similarly secretive, taking place in a private chapel at Windsor Castle.
The couple did not allow the media to film or photograph their arrival at the service but two photographs afterwards - one as a family of three and the second, a family portrait.
The identities of Archie’s godparents have also been kept under wraps, although there is speculation that Meghan’s pal, tennis star Serena Williams, may have landed one of the roles.
Additional reporting by Danielle Stacey.
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