The American actress Meghan Markle, who recently joined England’s royal family through her marriage to Prince Harry, has found herself at the target of attacks by furious English citizens. The actress recently spent $3 million UK tax dollars making luxurious upgrades to her mansion called Frogmore Cottage; but now she is simultaneously demanding that no photos be taken of her in public.
The actress has come under fire for demanding to live her life as a private citizen, while simultaneously funding her lifestyle through tax dollars.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Markle’s bodyguards told fans not to take any photos of her at Wimbledon so that she could “engage with people rather than camera phones.” The demand has made people angry, since the 37-year-old’s visit to the court to watch Serena Williams was in a place where there were 12,000 people in attendance–it is hardly a place where Markle was “in a private capacity,” as her bodyguards demanded.
Markle was called “childish” and a “control freak” by some people at the game. 64-year-old Sally Jones, a former BBC presenter who attended the game, told the Daily Mail she was ordered not to take photos; she said Markle’s “embarrassed” bodyguards were accusing people of taking photos of the actress, even though many were attempting to get shots of Serena Williams instead.
Objective reporting for the educated American.
Jones said that Markle was “clearly looking around looking to see who was looking at her. Harry and Meghan see themselves more as A-list celebrities rather than royals carrying out their duties. It’s control-freakery. There were around 200 photographers snapping away at her but security were sent to warn an old biddy like me. It makes them look silly. It’s childish and takes us for fools.”
Jones said, “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 looked across and saw that she was between two of her friends, wearing sunglasses, and a hat – but she was clearly looking around looking to see who was looking at her.”
Another spectator took a selfie of himself near Markle, and was also warned by her bodyguards for taking the photo in her general vicinity.
Piers Morgan, one of the most popular TV personalities in the UK, said this morning on Good Morning Britain, “A private capacity, at Wimbledon? This is so ridiculous. It’s rankly 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.”
British TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp echoed Morgan’s sentiment, Tweeting, “If you earn money by entertaining, in sport or media, or by being a member of the royal family, photos are part of the deal – because you’re b****y lucky to have the privileges that come with the jobs & the wages.”
People also voiced their opinions on Twitter:
Kate Middleton, in contrast, went to Wimbledon on Tuesday and was happy to sit among the crowds–not in a “member’s only” section, like Markle.
It seems as though public sentiment is turning on the royal family, thanks to Markle’s attitude. This could ultimately endanger their taxpayer funding.