Meghan Markle has sparked a bit of controversy after members of the public were asked to ‘not take photos of her’ while she was attending Wimbledon.
Media consultant Sally Jones wrote in a Daily Telegraph column today of her experience at Wimbledon.
She wrote: “Watching Serena Williams in action on Court 1 at Wimbledon, I was happily snapping shots of the superstar American powering down huge serves when I felt a tap on my shoulder.
“Would you not take photographs of the Duchess,’ a voice ordered politely. ‘She’s here in a private capacity.’
“No wonder there is a growing tide of resentment against the Sussexes for their secretive, high maintenance attitude and diva-ish demands for privacy when it suits them – despite the eye-wateringly expensive, taxpayer-funded refit of Frogmore Cottage.”
Rent-a-gob Piers Morgan had a lot to say about the subject on Good Morning Britain, saying: “If you go to Wimbledon in your free tickets in the Royal Box, the best seats in the house for nothing, and you take your two bezzies… you’re public people,
“If you want to be private, go back to America and live privately.”
After co-host Susanna Reid attempted to stick up for the royals, Piers retorted: “In the Royal Box at Wimbledon. With the world’s cameras beamed on their heads,
“It’s not a private place. If you want to be private don’t go to the Royal Box at Wimbledon. Honestly, it’s a complete joke. You’ve got to work out what you want to be – do you want to be public or private?”
He continued: “It’s frankly hypocritical and they’re not private people, they’re the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We get to pay for their mansion, we get to do all of this.”
Kensington Palace declined to comment. However, a royal source told The Sun: “It’s not uncommon for personal protection officers accompanying any members of the Royal Family to ask people not to take pictures so they can engage with people and events rather than camera phones.”