Many people who have had no experience of the media have an obsession with fame, to be the focus of attention in the media. People will go to any lengths to get their 15 minutes of fame, and then will spend the rest of their lives demanding special treatment from others because they appeared in a news slot in the evening news.
I have both good and bad personal experiences with the media. I know how to deal with the media. I know that the media are a double-edged sword. It is only an ignorant fool who chooses to deal with the media and entertains the delusion they will control the narrative and the media.
I fully understand and respect the decision of Prince Harry to step away from his role in serving the institution of the House of Windsor. People born into the British royal family enter into a social contract with the citizens of the UK, where they gain certain privileges and money for carrying out duties in that role. This contract includes the challenging reality of being seen as public property, where the media can invade privacy, make up stories and scrutinse every aspect of a royal’s life.
Being in the public eye, means there is no privacy, and the media gains a number of rights based on public interest to behave in ways that those impacted by them won’t like.
The mental health of Prince Harry has suffered from his negative experiences with the media, which are relentless in their aggressive pursuit of stories about him and his family. Prince Harry has been impacted by the death of his mother Princess Diana, who died in a car accident being chased by the media. Prince Harry is deeply concerned for the wellbeing of his wife and child because of the media.
It has been of no surprise to me that Prince Harry has ended his participation in being a senior member of the British royal family. Prince Harry has placed priority on the wellbeing of his own mind and that of his relationship with his wife and child over the obligations that comes with serving the royal family institution. Prince Harry has made a series of decisions that will, but won’t completely, protect himself and his family from the worst excesses of the media.
At the other end of the scale is an ordinary citizen called Becki Percy, who decided to rapidly withdraw from the limelight after events turned against her. Percy built a personal brand based upon a narrative of false allegation making against innocent people of child rape and murder, whilst using a mix of frauds and other business schemes to make money on the back of these fictions. Percy used the tools of social media to build a large public following portraying herself as a champion of victims of child abuse.
What the fame hungry Becki Percy has not understood is that when you set yourself up as a public figure, who has made serious criminal claims against named people, and demands special treatment, status and money based upon those claims, you give up rights to privacy, to have those claims examined and challenged. It is a matter of public interest to investigate claims that thousands of children are being raped and murdered in Hull UK; to ask for evidence and further information. Its disingenuous of Percy to claim her privacy is invaded or she is being illegally harrassed; when she is taking thousands of dollars from supporters, and pointing fingers at named people, without evidence and no apparent attempts to talk to the police about those allegations. Percy has no argument for harrassment in UK law, because making such claims as she did, there is public interest, justification and crime prevention defences against it.
It would be deluded by Percy to think that despite going silent in her social media, and blocking people who challenged her false narratives, that those with a public interest argument such as the news media and I, will stop pursuing her. Whilst these allegations remain uninvestigated, there can be no closure for anyone, until the UK police have been allowed to confirm the truth of them. Even though in my mind I know Percy is a liar, I feel unsettled about the possibility that Percy has disposed of the body of her alleged baby sister Lily in an unmarked grave in the Hull area; and in doing so Percy is guilty of a serious crime.
Whilst Prince Harry is taking steps to remove himself into private life, Percy has done the opposite. Becki Percy has turned herself into a public figure who has claimed to be a champion of abused children, making claims of rape and murder of thousands of children, and in at least one case has claimed of illegally disposing of the body of a murdered child. In the public interest people are going to pursue Percy for however long it takes until she is in a UK police station to account for the truth of her claims.
It does not matter if the individual has created fame via social media or the traditional media, such people put themselves into the public eye, who will have the right to examine their claims and deeds, especially when such claims involve the criminal harm of thousands of children in a UK city. That is the price paid for dealing with the media, it is a double-edged sword, and cuts both ways.