Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s press teamed warned the BBC to be impartial in its coverage of the couple before their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey – reminding the network to not just use “old white men” in the ensuing interviews, according to a report.
A PR person for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s company Archwell urged BBC journalists to remind their bosses to use a “broad range of contributors” after the sit-down aired, The Sun reported.
“The BBC by its very nature has to be impartial at all times. So to be told how to conduct their coverage of a major news event by a PR person acting on behalf of Harry and Meghan is a bit strange to say the least,” a source told new news outlet.
“This is the UK, not China. You can’t tell the BBC how to conduct its journalism, which frankly, was more than fair and balanced,” the person added.
A BBC spokesman told The Sun: “While we are contacted by PRs all the time, we would never confirm whether the representatives of anyone had been in touch.”
The rep added: “You mentioned contributors. We had a broad range of voices on our output and don’t believe there are any issues.”
On Wednesday it emerged that Meghan Markle formally complained to UK broadcaster ITV after Piers Morgan lashed out at her and accused her of lying about her mental health on “Good Morning Britain.”
The UK’s Office of Communications had received over 41,000 complaints about Morgan’s behavior by late Tuesday, according to the Guardian — prompting the regulator to launch a probe into whether Morgan’s remarks violated the broadcasting code on harm and offense.
A formal complaint also was lodged on behalf of Markle with ITV, the British network that airs the morning talk show, the outlet said.