Dan Wootton, journalist for The Sun who falsely called Johnny Depp a “wife beater” has been called out for fabricating a story about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Recent rumors have been circulating that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were considering taking legal action against the creators of South Park for their recent episode mocking the couple. However, these rumors have been dismissed by the couple’s spokesperson as “nonsense” and “baseless”.
The episode in question, titled “The Worldwide Privacy Tour,” parodies the couple’s decision to step back from the royal family and their media deals. In the episode, the couple is shown visiting South Park as the “Prince and Princess of Canada” who claim they want privacy but also seek attention and fame. They get into a conflict with Kyle, who thinks they are hypocritical and annoying. The episode also pokes fun at their Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan.
The rumors of a lawsuit seem to have originated from an article by Dan Wootton, a journalist and broadcaster who works for The Sun, a British tabloid newspaper. In his article, titled “Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘to sue South Park’ over spoof episode that mocked them,” Wootton claimed that Meghan Markle was “upset and overwhelmed” by the episode and that Prince Harry was considering legal action against the show. However, he did not provide any evidence or sources to back up his claim.
It should be noted that Dan Wootton, The Sun journalist, has a history of fabricating stories and publishing false and slanderous articles in the past. In one prominent case, he falsely called Johnny Depp a “wife beater” in an article published on April 27, 2018, by The Sun titled “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”
Despite this history, Wootton has written several articles critical of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, accusing them of spouting ‘privileged nonsense’, invading their own privacy, being hypocritical, and trying to distance themselves from each other. He has also suggested that they should go away and leave us alone.
While it is true that Prince Harry has sued the media before, it was only when they questioned his honor in the Royal Marines. He recently filed a libel lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, publisher of The Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday. He claimed that they published false and damaging articles about his relationship with the Royal Marines. He also accepted substantial damages from Associated Newspapers in February 2021 over two articles that accused him of snubbing his military ties after stepping down as a senior royal.
In light of Wootton’s questionable history of yellow journalism, the rumors of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry suing the creators of South Park for their recent episode should be taken with a grain of salt. It is important to consider the source of these rumors and their potential motivations before jumping to conclusions.
Moreover, it is not uncommon for South Park to parody public figures, and it is a well-known fact that the show is not afraid to be controversial and push boundaries. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have also faced criticism and ridicule from other media outlets in the past, and it is unlikely that they would take legal action over a parody in a TV show.
As for Dan Wootton, The Sun journalist has a history of yellow journalism and fabrication of stories calls into question his credibility as a journalist. The case of his false and slanderous article about Johnny Depp shows the dangers of irresponsible reporting and the need for journalistic integrity. As a journalist, Wootton has a responsibility to report the truth and to not spread baseless rumors and accusations.
It is important for readers to be critical of news sources and to fact-check information before accepting it as true. While it is true that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have faced criticism in the past, it is important to evaluate the legitimacy of such criticism and to not jump to conclusions based on hearsay and rumors.
In the case of the South Park episode, it is clear that the show was intended to be a parody and a satire of the couple’s public image. While some viewers may have found it offensive, it is important to recognize that South Park has a history of being controversial and pushing boundaries.
While rumors of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry suing the creators of South Park may have caused a stir, it is important to exercise caution and to consider the source of such rumors. The couple’s spokesperson has dismissed the rumors as baseless, and it is unlikely that they would take legal action over a parody in a TV show. As for Dan Wootton, his history of yellow journalism and questionable reporting ethics calls into question the legitimacy of his claims and the need for journalistic integrity.