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Prince Harry loses battle with UK newspaper over Instagram photo

The Mail story claimed that a series of photos taken by the Duke of Sussex and posted on Instagram were not giving the full picture.

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Last Updated: Feb 04, 2020, 05.23 PM IST
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​The dispute began last year when Prince Harry (R) posted a photo that the paper claimed intentionally misled his 11.1 million followers. (Meghan Markle on the left)​
The dispute began last year when Prince Harry (R) posted a photo that the paper claimed intentionally misled his 11.1 million followers. (Meghan Markle on the left)
Prince Harry lost his battle with U.K. newspaper Mail on Sunday. The dispute began last year when the Duke of Sussex posted a photo that the paper claimed intentionally misled his 11.1 million followers.

The story
The story, published by the Mail in April last year, claimed that a series of photos taken by the Duke of Sussex and posted on social media site Instagram were not giving the full picture. Headlined "Drugged and tethered... what Harry didn't tell you about those awe-inspiring wildlife photos,” the story added that the pictures posted online to mark Earth Day were misleading, because they didn't make clear that the animals had been tranquillised. Harry complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation about the accuracy of the story, but the watchdog threw the case out Thursday, saying the newspaper did not breach the organisation's code of practice.

The picture
Harry had argued that the full unedited photos were published on the royal family website in 2016 and have been available for anyone to see. Harry also argued the caption made clear that the animals were being relocated as part of conservation efforts, adding that it was not necessary to explicitly state that the animals had been sedated or tethered as this would be understood by readers. His caption read: Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism.

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Today is #earthday - an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our 🌍 are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but every day. #earthday

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The article said that the elephant in the photo had been tethered and that the duke's Instagram followers would have been unable to see a rope around the elephant's legs because of the way the photo was cropped.


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