The Royal Family’s renowned love/hate relationship with the media has come under the spotlight as reporters gauge just how savvy the heir to the throne will be now that he’s been thrust into the spotlight.
The Times quotes an unnamed ‘veteran Royal writer’ as saying he has “no great love for the media but he hides it well.” This disdain is thought to stem from the death of his mother, an accident for which William is said to hold the media culpable.
Many are conscious too of the ill disguised contempt directed toward the press by his father, the Prince of Wales, who now barely acknowledges the presence of reporters and keeps interviews to a minimum. But media analyst Iain Monk reckons William is charting a different course.
“The way they kept it (the engagement) a secret and didn’t cause any resentment by doing deals with any particular media organisation was brilliant,” Monk told the paper.
The engagement announcement was followed by an informal, off the record, cup of tea with hacks where the Prince was keen to portray himself at ease within their withering glare just as his grandmother was want to do.
So far so good then, but the media circus has only just begun.