Duchess Meghan, born Markle, has been described by as a “fire-breathing dragon,” while Duchess Kate, born Middleton, is an “angel.” Clear-cut and simple: That is how countless tabloid magazines around the world report on the British royals. Readers can go ahead and choose sides without ever knowing if those representations correspond to reality. Portraying figures as good or evil makes for strong headlines, sells newspapers and magazines as well as books that have one thing in common: They promise new, explosive, previously unpublished information about the royal family. The making of a modern royal family That is also true of the recently published book, Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, by US reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. It was widely advertised as investigative, but it has nothing to do with the deep political reporting. Instead of socially relevant information, it’s about private details, preferences, idiosyncrasies. “Political scandal revelations are not on the same level as publications about politicians’ or royals’ alleged character weaknesses,” Joachim Trebbe, a communications scientist at Berlin’s Free University told DW. “Books about the British royal family appeal to a certain target group that is well informed by tabloid magazines and hopes to gain deeper… Read full this story
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