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Lord Rothermere, the saga of rich viscounts that has controlled the Daily Mail for more than a century


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Harry and Meghan's bombs only target Kensington Palace or Clarence House, they have also hit Fleet Street, the

legendary street of the British press


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not cut a hair in the docuseries that Netflix is ​​broadcasting by chapters, especially Harry, who has complained about racism and the harassment that his wife has suffered from the tabloids ...

with the complicity of his family

of him.

He already dropped it in the famous interview with Oprah Winfrey, but has now spelled it out by stating that

The Firm

(as the Windsors are known) and the tabloids have some kind of

invisible contract

to ensure positive coverage of the family.

: the offices of Carlos and Camilla or Guillermo and Kate offer them

controlled public exposure

and an acceptable level of scrutiny -with some malicious gossip- in exchange for privacy in their palaces.

Tim Burt

, an adviser to a public relations consultancy that works with the Sussexes in their foundation,

explains it in the series : "There is a kind of

unwritten contract between the institution and the press,

the taxpayer pays for the royal family and in return they are expected to make the


available to the media."

Meghan and Harry tried to control that exposure but couldn't.

Harry 's



The Sun, The Daily Mirror


The Daily Mail

comes from afar (remember that cover dressed as a Nazi) but since his relationship with Meghan it has intensified.

In February of this year, he filed a defamation lawsuit against Associated Newspaper Limited, the publisher of the

Daily Mail, Mail on Line

and the

Mail On Sunday

, the same one Meghan sued (and won €1.2 million) for the publication of a letter from his father in 2020.

The Sussexes'

black beast

is a

billionaire English aristocrat

who inherited from his father the lucrative business founded by his great-grandfather, Harold.

At 55,

Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere

, is the

most powerful person in the British media.

He controls the UK's best-selling daily and Sunday newspapers (

The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday

), the largest-circulation free daily (


) and the

New Scientist

, a science magazine he bought in 2021.

The Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) company

distributes more than two million print newspapers a day

and 800,000 on Sundays.

Viscount Rothermere also controls 10% of national news web traffic (only the BBC and Reach surpass him), according to the

Press Gazette

, a magazine dedicated to journalism and the press



Daily Mail

website attracts 100 million people each month

based on sensationalism, morbidity, events and

scantily clad celebs


Also politics, of course, (his role as him in the Brexit campaign was crucial) and, of course, the Windsors.

Kate and Guillermo are his favorites

of him and, unsurprisingly, Harry and Meghan the most hated..

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Rothermere became Press Baron at the age of 30

, following the death of his father, Vere Harmsworth, 3rd Viscount Rothermere, in 1998. He has two older sisters (Geraldine and Camilla) but was guided by his father as a child to take the reins of the empire.

His mother,


and actress Patricia Matthews,

followed Dr. August Von Borosini's method of influencing the sex of her baby

, giving birth to Jonathan in 1967. After two girls and his father-in-law,

Esmond Harmsworth

, he became to marry and have a boy, she saw her family's position in the media empire in danger.

Lady Rothermere, nicknamed


because of her fondness for champagne, died in Nice of an

overdose of barbiturates


Jonathan did his homework well after assuming the chairmanship of DMGT and gambling on the internet when many of his competitors went under.

Married to

Claudia Clemence


they have five children

(three girls and two boys between the ages of 29 and 12) and a

fortune of 1,200 million pounds (1,375 million euros)

, according to the list of the richest in the United Kingdom that publishes

The Sunday Times




that rules among the editors of the British tabloids (I don't do your dirty laundry and you don't do mine) has meant that little is known about his private life.

There is, apparently, only one stain on his idyllic life

: before his marriage he had a son with a young New Zealander.

The relationship broke up and she returned to her native country with the child and a

trust fund that guarantees the present and future of the illegitimate Rothermere.

Of his five children, the eldest, Vere, is the one who is expected to succeed his father, although the second,


, points to ways because he has already taken his first steps and works at

Bloomberg News


In 2019, she jumped into the media for

criticizing Meghan, whom she called a "hypocrite"

for having used a private jet to travel to Ibiza.

Harold Harmsworth, the 1st Viscount Rothermere, with Hitler in Berlin in the 1930s.GETTY

But if there is someone controversial in the Rothermere saga, it is

Harold, the founder of the media empire

that he set up in 1896 with his older brother, Alfred.

In 1930 they owned 14 newspapers

and their influence was enormous.

On the death of Alfred, who had no children, Harold became the great British newspaper magnate and

pioneer of popular journalism

, but his political sympathies got his descendants in trouble:

Harold used the

Daily Mail

to support the Fascism and Nazism in the 1930s.

The Mail

was rewarded with exclusive access to the


's entourage and published several

interviews with Hitler

throughout the decade.

Harold also cultivated a friendship with the German dictator and with

Benito Mussolini, whom he deeply admired

and compared to Napoleon, and

supported Oswald Mosley's British fascists


His employees used to wear the famous black shirts of the fascist leader and the incendiary editorial that Rothermere published in 1934, entitled

Hurrah for the Blackshirts

, is still remembered .

(Hooray for the blackshirts).

Viscount Rothermere had three children (the two eldest died in World War I) and many mistresses.

The most famous of them,

Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe,

whom he met at the Monte Carlo casino, worked as

a spy for the Germans


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