Meghan Markle found herself in hot water on Tuesday after she made an appearance at the Wimbledon tennis tournament to support her friend Serena Williams.
Fox News reported that media consultant Sally Jones, who was sitting in the same row as Markle, said that she was asked to not take photos of the Duchess of Sussex. Jones added that a royal protection officer told her Markle is “here in a private capacity,” and that she wanted nobody in the vicinity to take any photos of her. This perturbed Jones, as she claimed she was trying to snap a photo of Williams, not Markle.
“There were around 200 photographers snapping away at her but security were sent to warn an old biddy like me,” Jones said. “It makes them look silly. It’s childish and takes us for fools.”
“I felt this tap on my shoulder and was asked not to take pictures of the duchess — but I had no idea she was there until then. I was absolutely gobsmacked… I told him it was bonkers and that even if I had been trying to snap the duchess, I’d have got a blurry picture of her right ear. I said to him, ‘Have you thought about having a word with any of those television cameras?’ He looked a little uncomfortable.”
“There is now a clear sense that [Prince] Harry, Meghan and their team see themselves more as A-list celebrities rather than royals carrying out their duties,” Jones continued. “Their wish to control things is in stark contrast with the Cambridges who appear far more sensible. Kate [Middleton] was at Wimbledon two days earlier and acted completely differently. I’m a royalist but everyone is getting more and more fed up with Harry and Meghan’s approach.”
Markle Is Slammed By Public
Many were outraged at Markle for this, including journalist Piers Morgan.
“A private capacity, at Wimbledon? This is so ridiculous,” Morgan said. “It’s frankly hypocritical and they’re not private people, they’re the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. If you want to be private, go back to America and live privately.”
It should be noted that Markle is living a lavish lifestyle that is funded by British taxpayers. While one can certainly understand why she would want privacy at times, she also needs to understand that she signed up for this life of being a public figure who lives off taxpayers. The British public doesn’t have a choice in paying taxes that are used to fund Markle’s extravagant lifestyle, so the least she could do in return is allow her subjects to snap some photos of her when she is at a public event like Wimbledon. If she wants privacy so badly, Markle should go back to acting and relinquish the tax dollars of the millions of people who are currently forced to fund her lifestyle.