Sunday Territorian 6 Oct 2019
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12 OPINION SUNDAY OCTOBER 6 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 continuing: I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces. By powerful forces, he means the press. Princess Diana died in a car crash in the Pont de lAlma tunnel in Paris in August 1997, when Prince Harry was 12. At the time of the accident, Diana had abandoned her palace-issued driver and protection officers and was not wearing a seatbelt with a drunk driver behind the wheel. An inquest later ruled that she had been unlawfully killed by the gross negligence of the driver and the paparazzi. It is obvious that both Harry and William blame the press solely for the death of their mother. And they are right to be hurt and angry. Harrys discontent towards the media seeps from him during reluctant interviews. Yesterday, his animosity became even more apparent when it was announced that he will also sue two newspaper groups over the alleged hacking of his mobile phone. Harrys rogue statement allegedly unsanctioned by the Palace has created what one royal expert called an all-out war with the press. But he is wrong to invoke a comparison with Diana. Diana fuelled the presss appetite and courted media attention, tipping off her whereabouts to photographers and fostering close friendships with journalists. Meghan has not had to endure the unrelenting packs of paparazzi chasing her every move. Yes, Meghan and Harry have been rightly criticised and held to account for their behaviour and they clearly dont like that. But they cannot claim to be ROAD TOLL TOUCHED by THE THIS yEAR LAST yEAR23 36 Lucy Carne HARRY, how often are you going to play the Diana card? When Meghan Markle is attacked with disgraceful racial slurs? Absolutely. Over her contrived, handwritten letter that pleads daddy, your actions have broken my heart? Sorry, but that is taking it too far. It was announced last week that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, was suing British newspaper The Mail on Sunday over a private letter she wrote to her father begging him to stop speaking to the press. Predictably, the letter wound up on the papers front page. The news broke at the end of the royal couples hugely successful 10-day South African tour. We had fallen in love with baby Archie and the couple had brought attention to worthy humanitarian issues. And yet before their British Airways flight home to London had left the Johannesburg tarmac, Harry threw a grenade. In a seething official statement accompanying the announcement of legal action, Harry raged against the British presss bullying of his wife, which had come at a human cost. Ive seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person, he said, innocent victims of the bullying press when they also play the game. They approved friends to speak to US celebrity magazine People. Meghan has happily made herself available for Vanity Fair and British Vogue magazines. The couple even reportedly delayed the announcement of Archies birth to time it with the US morning chat shows. Of course Meghans elaborately handwritten note was going to be leaked. But this is hardly a photographer creeping through private property to take photos of a topless sunbaking Kate Middleton or leaked details of Prince Charless phone call to Camilla asking to be her tampon. What Diana understood and Meghan and Harry dont is that a relationship with the press is a necessary function of being a celebrity royal. The royals need the press to legitimise their glamorous fairytale to the public just as the press did with Harry and Meghans South African tour. And the press need the royals. But please, if for no one else but William and Kate, just leave Diana out of this until theres truly something worth complaining about. Lucy Carne is editor of Rendezview.com.au Right royal mess THE message from Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chief Rod Sims to motorists driving cars on the faulty airbag recall list is a good one. If it is now that you need to get your faulty airbag fixed, then get it done. If it is subject to recall in six months time get it done when it is due. About 2.4 million cars have had their airbags replaced in Australia since the original recall was announced last year. The ACCC says there are still 425,971 affected cars on Australian roads that have not yet had their airbags changed. Thats a shocking figure. The faulty airbags are at high risk of rupturing. The risk is not just of serious injury, with lives having been lost to exploding airbags. So far more than 20,000 Territory cars have had their faulty airbags replaced. Thats a good thing. But what many motorists probably are not aware of is that this a rolling recall, which means that more vehicles can be added to the critical category at any time. Our message to all Territorians who own a car is to get on the website IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au and check if your car is on the recall risk list. If it is, make sure that when your cars time comes up you take the car in. We urge car owners not to ignore recall messages from manufacturers to get their airbag replaced. Particularly given the very important fact that the airbags deteriorate faster in our tropical climate. Dont risk your life ignoring recall OPINION
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