Earlier this week, French magazine Closer (not affiliated with the British magazine of the same name) sparked outrage when they published photos of a topless Duchess of Cambridge whilst relaxing during a break.
It’s not the first time this summer that photographs of a Royal have been surrounded in controversy as last months picture of a naked Prince Harry in a Las Vegas hotel room found themselves on the internet and in the worldwide press.
The British media were prevented from publishing those snaps, but one British newspaper defied the ruling and published them, saying they were the photos you’d already seen (a reference to their ease of availability on the world-wide-web.) That paper; The Sun, a daily national tabloid newspaper published by the News Group Newspapers division of News International, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.
Today however that same newspaper seems to have taken a different stance. Unlike their publication of Harry’s embarrassing snaps, The Sun uses the headline “VIOLATED.” Double standard.
The Sun also vilify numerous other international media conglomerates for publishing the photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge, yet just last month it was exactly that action they instigated themselves. In the same article the phrase “gross breach of privacy” is used. Double standard.
When Prince Harry was photographed naked in Las Vegas, he was all-but declared a hero. Yet when The Duchess of Cambridge is snapped topless sunbathing just three weeks later, she is a “fool” who “should have known better” despite the photographer being located over a mile away from where Kate was actually sunbathing on a private yacht. Double standard.
Why is Harry celebrated, and Kate berated? Both instances occurred in private, yet it seeming comes down to one thing; gender.
In May, Queen Elizabeth officially ended more than 400 years of sexism in succession by giving royal sons and daughters equal status. Until now, the laws of primogeniture saw the throne pass to the eldest son, even if he had an older sister.
British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the amendment to the law, saying: “The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter, simply because he is a man just isn’t acceptable anymore.”
Thus the same principle should occur in the press, Harry should not be celebrated and Kate vilified based on their sex; they should be held to the same principles and judged on their actions in the same way.
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