Will UK Tabloids Face a Reckoning Over Meghan Markle Coverage?

”There wasn’t the slightest acknowledgment that there might be a problem,“ a professor at the University of Westminster says

Those hoping that Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell Sunday interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will lead to sweeping changes in how the British tabloids approach royal coverage may be disappointed.

For viewers watching from the U.S., the reexamination of celebrity media coverage hits close to home, especially in light of a recent Britney Spears documentary that led to mea culpas from gossip bloggers, comedians and commentators who had previously derided the singer and other stars like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. The reminder of the relentlessly negative coverage of Markle and her admission during the Oprah interview that the pressure drove her to consider suicide raised the specter of whether the British tabloid sector would express regret.

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J. Clara Chan

Media and politics reporter • jclara.chan@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jclarachan