‘This is an absolute farce!’ Karl Stefanovic says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle WON’T escape the media spotlight by moving to Canada during a heated debate on Today
Karl Stefanovic rubbished the idea that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can escape the media spotlight by moving to Canada during a heated debate on the Today show on Thursday.
As his colleagues speculated that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step back from public duty and live between the UK and North America was motivated by a desire to avoid press attention, Karl interrupted their discussion.
‘This is modern media and a modern landscape. Harry and Meghan [are] going to Canada and [think] they won’t have any cameras outside their place?’ he said.
Fiery: Karl Stefanovic (pictured) slammed the idea that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can escape the spotlight by moving to Canada during a heated debate on Thursday’s Today
Karl continued: ‘No-one will take photos out there, there’s not going to be link trucks, and there’s not going to be satellite dishes? This is just an absolute farce.’
Newsreader Tracey Vo looked physically shocked by Karl’s outburst.
‘Karl, I’m not quite sure how you feel?’ laughed Allison, as she then returned to her interview with correspondent Brett and moved on from her co-host’s remarks.
Later on during the show, Karl added: ‘[Prince Harry] has been supported by [the British public] financially for a long time. This is him spitting the dummy and going, “Righto, I am out of here”. Does he think that the British people are going to like it?’
Speculation: As co-host Allison Langdon and anchor Brett McLeod speculated that their decision to step back from public duty and live between the UK and North America may be to escape the press, Karl interrupted. Pictured: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2017
Vocal: ‘This is modern media and landscape. Harry and Meghan going to Canada and [think] they won’t have any cameras outside their place?’ Karl mused, while branding this idea a ‘farce’
Prior to the outburst, Allison questioned if the British press were a part of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to split their time between UK and North America.
Brett said: ‘It utilizes the royals very well and can be very tough on them. The difference is that Harry’s mother [Princess Diana] knew how to play the game. She had friendly editors and knew how to selectively leak stories at any particular time.
‘Harry seems to have pulled back from this. So yes, I think it is a reaction to being in a very public role.’
Allison then mentioned the fact that the royal couple had enjoyed a low-key break to Canada over Christmas, with minimal press coverage.
‘They just spent six weeks in Canada and I think we saw one photograph of them as a family with Archie. When they are in the UK there is a camera following them everywhere they go,’ said Allison.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their announcement in a statement on their official Instagram account on Wednesday evening.
Speechless: Newsreader Tracey Vo (pictured) looked physically shocked by Karl’s outburst
Discussion: Prior to the outburst, Allison questioned if the British press were a part of Prince Harry’s decision. Pictured: Allison (left), Sarrah Le Marquand (right), Brett McLeod (live link)
They wrote: ‘After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.
‘We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.
‘We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.
‘This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.
‘We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.’
Shock: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their announcement in a statement on their official Instagram account on Wednesday evening. Pictured on January 18, 2018
Announcement: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released this statement via Instagram