A columnist for a British newscast on Tuesday asked if Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, “came to” CNN after an international correspondent package challenging various aspects of Royal’s Oprah Winfrey interview disappeared from their website.
The allegation comes just over a month after British journalist Piers Morgan said that Markle complained to a British regulatory agency about his now former employer ITV after criticism he made about “Good Morning Britain”
As for the Winfrey interview, British Daily Mail columnist Dan Wootton pointed out that CNN London correspondent Max Foster released a “first-class” report that allegedly debunked many of the allegations Markle made against the royal family.
Foster’s report – 18 days after the Winfrey program – included accounts from former family members talking about how Windsors worked hard to get Markle prepared for his unique and high-profile new life.
The report, Wootton noted, was inserted among numerous exuberant reports of Markle and Prince Harry’s interview and sharing of their “truth.”
“So remarkable was the broadcast, I immediately tweeted about it because it was the first indication that the left-leaning American broadcast media might finally shine a light on the obvious discrepancies in the interview,” Wootton wrote on the Daily Mail website.
During the report, Foster said there are actually several critics pointing to discrepancies in Harry and Meghan’s account of Winfrey.
The report, called “Royal Reckoning” on a chyron, began with Foster noting that no matter what “side” an observer is on, the discussion of topics such as suicide prevention and racism allegations is serious and difficult to argue against. It included a series of 7 challenges to allegations made during the interview.
Criticism described in the now-missing CNN report included the first time Sussexes chose Winfrey and CBS to broadcast their interview, rather than fulfilling an earlier promise to work with more grassroots or independent media.
Another claim was that Markle never studied Harry online, despite a former friend reportedly saying she had always been “fascinated” by the royals, especially the late Diana, Princess of Wales – as well as a controversial comment that be married to Harry three days before their formal ceremony.
This claim was apparently rejected by the Daily Mail, which received a copy of the marriage certificate.
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In his column, Wootton said the potentially harmful report has been “deleted from the story by CNN”, but added that a source in the Atlanta-based television company told him the removal would not have taken place because of anything external pres.
Video reports, he noted, are sometimes removed due to third-party copyright infringement or sunset clauses.
But Wootton added that his sources within the royal family are considering whether the network was “intimidated” by the prospect of disrupting its “waking” viewership.