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The Sussex Squad: FAFO If You Dare

November 15, 2023 by The People's Duchess

The British media's invisible contract is singeing at the corners.

Over the years, the press has played a significant role in shaping public opinion and influencing perceptions of the monarchy. However, this ain't 1997 and a growing movement is challenging the insidious nature of the British media, particularly the royal rota, which perpetuates daily disinformation and outright lies.

One infamous instance that highlighted the media's questionable practices was the widely circulated claim that Meghan Markle made Kate Middleton cry during a pre-wedding disagreement. This narrative, perpetuated by Camilla Tominey, was later debunked, revealing the inverse to be true. The incident underscores the media's willingness to manipulate facts to create sensational stories, damaging reputations and deliberately setting out to mentally and in many cases physically harm their targets.

In response to such distortions, groups like Republic and the Sussex Squad have emerged as formidable forces advocating for truth and accountability. The Squad, in particular, has gained attention for their efforts to combat disinformation, highlight mental health awareness and their impressive fundraising abilities in support of Harry and Meghan's Archewell initiatives. Their impact is evident as once-rabid Tominey, who, after getting her ass handed to her by the Squad, shifted to political commentary, marking a significant retreat from royal reporting.

The power of these advocacy groups extends beyond social media activism. The Sussex Squad has been effective in their efforts to personally dismantle negative UK media personalities spreading disinformation and damaging lies against the Sussexes, filing hundreds of thousands of complaints to OfCom (the regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries). This demonstrates a shift in the balance of power, with the public demanding a higher standard of integrity from media professionals reporting on the royal family.

The Republic, an organization founded by Graham Smith that advocates for the abolition of the monarchy, has also been gaining significant momentum. Their signature bright yellow shirts and "Not My King" signs have become a ubiquitous presence, and a thorn in the British royal family's backside, symbolizing a growing call for democracy and an end to the institution of the monarchy. This movement draws inspiration from European countries that have successfully abolished their monarchies, igniting fear within the British royal family about the potential loss of their privileged position.

The once-unquestioned institution now faces a formidable challenge from those advocating for a more democratic and egalitarian system. The British royal family's concern about losing their status is palpable, and the increased visibility of groups like Republic indicates a shifting tide in public sentiment. Where Europe once languished under hundreds of monarchies only 12 remain as of 2023.

In the age of information, the dangers of misinformation, disinformation, online bullying, and targeted harassment have reached unprecedented levels, with severe consequences for individuals caught in the crossfire. One tragic example that underscores the gravity of these issues is the relentless attacks on individuals by some members of the media, as exemplified by the case of Caroline Flack.

The relentless targeting of Caroline Flack by media figures, notably former GB News goon Dan Wooton, serves as a poignant reminder of the devastating impact that unchecked online bullying and harassment can have on an individual's mental health. The incessant attacks she faced, exacerbated by sensationalized stories and invasive coverage, ultimately contributed to her untimely death.

In a twist of fate, Dan Wooton, who played a significant role in contributing to the tragic outcome for Caroline Flack, now finds himself in exile, having FAFO'd a bit too hard recently. This turn of events serves as a stark example of the principle "what goes around comes around." Wooton's fall from grace underscores the accountability that should be demanded from those who wield the power of media influence.

The toxic nature of the British media, in particular, has come under increasing scrutiny, with journalists often crossing ethical boundaries in their pursuit of sensational stories. Nowhere is this more evident than in the relentless and often vile coverage directed at public figures like the Duchess of Sussex. Her presence in the British royal family has been met with a barrage of sexist, racist, and unfounded attacks from various media outlets, reflecting a disturbing trend of targeted harassment.

It is imperative to recognize the profound consequences of misinformation, disinformation, online bullying, and targeted harassment. The tragic case of Caroline Flack continue to underscore the need for a collective effort to foster a media environment that prioritizes accountability and responsible reporting, steering clear of the toxic pitfalls that can irreparably harm individuals and society as a whole.

So while the call to abolish the monarchy gains traction, the British media is at the forefront of this battle for narratives. Groups like the fiercely devoted Sussex Squad and unshakeable Republic serve as reminders that the power dynamics are evolving, and the British public is becoming increasingly intolerant of disinformation. The winds of change are blowing, and as these movements continue to grow, the future of the monarchy hangs in the balance, caught between tradition and the demand for a more transparent and accountable system.

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