Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle, who formally stepped back as frontline UK Royals to settle down in the US this month, have issued a sharply-worded letter cutting all ties with four major British tabloids and declared "zero engagement" with them going forward.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are now living in Los Angeles, sent a letter to the editors of 'The Sun', 'The Mail', 'The Mirror' and 'the Express' which condemns reports about the couple in the past as "distorted and false" and declares that they refuse to be "clickbait" for these publications in the future.
The total ban, which comes into immediate effect, also applies to the Sunday editions of the newspapers and their associated websites.
"It is gravely concerning that an influential slice of the media, over many years, has sought to insulate themselves from taking accountability for what they say or print - even when they know it to be distorted, false, or invasive beyond reason. When power is enjoyed without responsibility, the trust we all place in this much-needed industry is degraded," reads the letter, issued on behalf of the couple.
"There is a real human cost to this way of doing business and it affects every corner of society. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have watched people they know - as well as complete strangers - have their lives completely pulled apart for no good reason, other than the fact that salacious gossip boosts advertising revenue," it notes.
Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, who began their financially-independent lives outside the UK with 11-month-old son Archie from April 1, said they are happy to engage with other outlets, especially grassroots and new media outlets, to spotlight issues and causes that matter to them.