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This Is Why Duchess Meghan And Prince Harry Strayed From The 'Never Complain, Never Explain' Philosophy

Why do Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry stray from the 'Never Complain, Never Explain' philosophy?
October 26, 2019 - 14:10 / Laura Pérez

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry decided to stray from the "never complain, never explain" philosophy in regards of negative media treatment. Instead they have been standing up for their right to privacy.

What exactly is the "never complain, never explain" philosophy? According to royal biographer Penny Junor, within the British Royal family context the philosophy refers to a tradition of "riding criticism out and keeping your head down," since "crises come and go, and people get criticized — often for five minutes by the media, who then move on."

Queen Elizabeth has always opted for the "never complain, never explain" philosophy when it comes to deal with negative treatment in the media, but it seems Harry and Meghan prefer to do things in their own way. While Meghan recently took legal actions against the British tabloids for publishing a private letter she sent to her father, Harry fought back against media over alleged interceptions of his cell phone.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan at the WellChild Awards in London, 2019

Is Harry and Meghan's way of approaching the press a good idea?

Some might consider Harry and Meghan's approach to the media may backfire in the future; some think it would be better to build relationships with tabloids. However, it seems like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex refuse to be silent when it comes to defend their privacy.

While Prince Harry explained that "there’s a lot of stuff that hurts — especially when the majority of it is untrue,” Meghan revealed she "really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a 'stiff upper lip,'" but in the end she only found out "that what that does internally is probably really damaging.”

The royal couple recently opened up about how negative media coverage has hurt their family in the new documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which premiered last Sunday in the United Kingdom.