A senior regional editor has urged Prince Harry not to make generalisations about what he termed the “rubbish” British press.
The Prince hit out at newspapers in a series of TV interviews carried this week in the wake of his return from active military service in Afghanistan.
He said what was printed in the press was “always rubbish” and claimed the public were “guilty” for buying newspapers in the first place.
But Northern Echo editor Peter Barron has branded Harry’s comments as “disappointingly arrogant” and warned him not to tar the local and regional press with the same brush.
In a blog post, Peter said he admired the Prince and respected his determination to be a real soldier serving in war zones.
But he went on: “I think he’s wrong to generalise in his scathing and disappointingly arrogant attack on the “rubbish” British press and to tell the British public that they are all “guilty” of buying papers.
“There are elements of the British press which are rubbish. But there are also elements of the British press, not least local newspapers, which perform a great public service: exposing wrong-doing; campaigning for communities; fund-raising for charities; championing all kinds of causes.
“It would have been nice if Prince Harry had resisted getting out his huge tar brush to blacken the entire British press and acknowledged that there are good and bad in every profession – including the armed forces.”
Peter also pointed out that the British press has been asked in its entirety to keep his deployment to Afghanistan secret – and had kept its side of the bargain.
In his interview, the Prince said it had been “great” being in Afghanistan because it was “away from all the media back home.”