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    William and Murdoch: the prince and the press baron

    enSeptember 19, 2023

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    • Finding Hidden Talent on LinkedInSmall businesses can discover potential hires like Sandra, who were not actively seeking new jobs, by utilizing LinkedIn's extensive user base.

      LinkedIn is a valuable resource for small businesses looking to hire top talent. Sandra, a potential candidate, emphasized that she was not actively seeking a new job but was open to the perfect role. She was found on LinkedIn, which is used by over 70% of its users exclusively and not on other leading job sites. This means that businesses that don't post jobs on LinkedIn could miss out on potential hires like Sandra. On a different note, the investigation by Tortoise's Claudia and Paul Caruana Galizia revealed an intriguing detail in the ongoing legal battles between Prince Harry and the British press. The bombshell revelation was that Prince William received a large settlement from Rupert Murdoch's News Group Newspapers in 2020. This story, which shed light on the wider royal family and the issue of secrecy, seemed to have dropped out of sight, underscoring the importance of investigative journalism in bringing important stories to light.

    • Media intrusion into Prince William's personal life through phone hackingPrince William was a target of phone hacking by the British press, raising ethical concerns and the need for transparency and accountability in journalism.

      The relationship between Prince William, the British press, and phone hacking is a complex issue with deep historical roots. In the early 2000s, it was revealed that tabloid journalists and private investigators were hacking into people's voicemails to find stories, with Prince William being a prime target. The media's fascination with the royal family led to intrusive reporting, and in some cases, illegal methods were used to obtain information. For instance, voicemail messages between William and his then-girlfriend Kate Middleton were intercepted and published without consent. These incidents raised questions about the ethics of the press and the royals' relationship with the media. Despite the evidence of phone hacking, only Harry publicly acknowledged the intrusion and received a settlement. However, it's clear that William was also a target, and the media's behavior towards him highlights the need for transparency and accountability in journalism.

    • Phone hacking targeted both Prince William and Prince HarryBritish tabloids illegally hacked phones of Prince William and Prince Harry, invading their privacy and potentially damaging relationships, with evidence of suspicious calls and involvement of private investigators.

      Both Prince William and Prince Harry were victims of phone hacking by British tabloids, with evidence of suspicious calls and interceptions targeting both royals. Prince Harry's ongoing legal case against News Group Newspapers reveals numerous instances of this unlawful practice, including articles about Kate Middleton and Chelsy Davy that were preceded by suspicious calls to Prince William's phone. The hackers would make a short call to engage the phone, followed by a longer call to hack the voicemail. This call data from 2006 lists 104 items for the Duke of Cambridge alone. Additionally, private investigators were involved in obtaining personal information about the royals, including a family records office search for Prince William. These actions not only invaded their privacy but also potentially put their relationships at risk, as seen in the case of Harry's visit to a lap dancing club and the ensuing media coverage involving Kate Middleton.

    • Alleged £1,000,000 settlement between Prince William and News GroupUnconfirmed reports of a large settlement between Prince William and News Group, with potential donation to charity but lack of transparency raises privacy concerns

      The alleged settlement between Prince William and News Group, reportedly worth over £1,000,000, remains shrouded in secrecy. If true, this could represent a significant breach of privacy for both parties. The size of the settlement and its terms have not been disclosed, leading to speculation about potential restrictions or agreements. Interestingly, there are reports suggesting that the money may have been donated to charity, specifically the Royal Foundation, which Prince William and Kate run. The foundation's financial accounts from 2020 show a grant of £1,090,000, which could potentially come from this settlement. However, these claims have not been confirmed by either party. Transparency around such matters is crucial for maintaining public trust and understanding the potential implications on the royal family and the media.

    • Intertwining Business and Personal LivesRupert Murdoch's funding for Prince William's climate change prize and their settlement raised eyebrows. Companies innovate to improve safety and confidence, but with risks. Celebrating life's moments with loved ones is important.

      The business dealings and personal lives of prominent figures often intertwine in unexpected ways. For instance, Rupert Murdoch, a well-known climate change skeptic, provided start-up funding for Prince William's Earthshot Prize, which aims to tackle climate change. Meanwhile, the settlement between Prince William and News Group, which was announced around the same time, raised eyebrows due to its potentially controversial terms. Elsewhere, companies like Network Rail have employed innovative digital solutions to improve worker safety and reduce near misses on the railways. In the world of aesthetics, Juvederm offers dermal fillers to help individuals look younger and feel more confident, but it comes with risks and side effects. Lastly, 1800 Flowers emphasizes the importance of celebrating life's special moments with loved ones. These diverse stories illustrate the complexity and interconnectedness of various industries and aspects of life.

    • Prince William's Settlement with News Group: Details UnknownPrince William reached a confidential settlement with News Group over unlawfully obtained information. The BBC's handling of Martin Bashir's interview with Princess Diana was more critically addressed by him than tabloid press treatment.

      The settlements between News Group and various celebrities, as outlined in Tomlin orders, typically involve the newspaper not admitting liability, committing to not publish or use unlawfully obtained information, and covering some or all of the claimant's legal costs. Prince William's settlement, being confidential, does not have these details publicly disclosed. However, it is notable that Prince William's statement regarding the BBC's handling of Martin Bashir's infamous interview with his mother was much more critical than his responses to tabloid press treatment. While the reasons for this difference are unclear, it may be related to the perceived legitimacy of the BBC versus tabloids or the nature of the deals reached with each. The Tomlin orders also include a confidential document detailing the settlement size, which is one of the few known facts about Prince William's settlement. The interview, obtained through deceitful means, significantly contributed to Diana's fear, paranoia, and isolation, according to Prince William.

    • Prince Harry's phone hacking case vs Prince William's: Different treatmentsDespite similar allegations, Prince Harry's phone hacking case was handled differently than Prince William's, potentially due to timing and negotiations.

      The treatment of Prince Harry's phone hacking case by News Group contrasted significantly with that of his brother Prince William. While William's claim was settled within three months, News Group argued that Harry's claim was too late due to the age of the allegations. However, it's suggested that one was a genuine claim, while the other may have been part of a deal. The timing of William's settlement is intriguing, as allegations surfaced around the same time about his communications secretary acting as a conduit for Prince Harry's negotiations with the tabloid. The royal family's relationship with the press is highlighted, as the Sun and News of the World published numerous personal stories about other royal family members, including Prince Charles and Camilla. An email exchange between the then director of Royal Communications and News Group's most senior executives in 2017 and 2018 indicates efforts to draw a line under such matters and facilitate a resolution. This suggests a complex web of relationships and negotiations between the royal family and the press.

    • Royal Family's Hacking Settlements and Network Rail's Digital TransformationThe royal family reportedly reached secret settlements with News Group over hacking allegations, leaving Harry as the only known royal without a deal. Meanwhile, Network Rail improved safety using digital platforms, and UnitedHealthcare offers flexible TriTerm Medical plans for extended coverage.

      The UK's royal family, led by Prince William, appears to have reached secret settlements with News Group over phone hacking allegations, leaving Prince Harry as the only known royal family member without a reported settlement. This raises concerns about potential conflicts between the public and royal interests if these deals remain undisclosed. Meanwhile, companies like Network Rail have successfully transformed their safety protocols using digital platforms, reducing near misses and improving overall safety. Despite advancements in technology, the need for health insurance remains constant, and UnitedHealthcare TriTerm Medical plans offer flexible and budget-friendly coverage for nearly three years in some states. This Mother's Day, consider giving back to the mothers in your life who have given you so much.

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