Meghan Markle Requests That No Pictures Be Taken Of Her At Wimbledon, And Not Everyone Is Happy
Last week, the Duchess of Sussex surprised fans with an appearance at Wimbledon, when she attended the tennis match in support of her close friend, tennis player Serena Williams.
Meghan was officially off duty from her royal obligations on the day and was attending as in a ‘private capacity’. She has one request from fans: To refrain from taking photos of her.
Her request, however, did not sit well with some members of the public. Former BBC sports journalist Sally Jones had attended Wimbledon as well that day and wrote about the ordeal in the Telegraph. She claims she was asked by a royal protection officer to put down her phone when she started taking photos of the American-born Duchess.
She described the incident as "another example of silly control freaky."
I have seen Prince William in a crowd talk to someone who held a phone up between his face and hers as they chatted. As much as that much be bloody annoying, I would have thought the Royals were used to the camera phone epidemic now 📱— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) July 9, 2019
Jones was not the only one who was unhappy about the incident. Chris Ship, who is a royal editor for ITV News tweeted:
"Police Protection Officers don’t take orders from the Communications team. I don’t know who told them to ask Wimbledon fans to stop taking photos. But they normally answer only to one person/persons: their bosses."
He later, however, retracted his initial comment upon apparently realizing that Meghan seemed to be getting harassed by the public.
“I’d say from these pictures, you could easily claim Meghan was being harassed by some members of the public and their camera phones at #wimbledon. And a police protection officer appears to be doing his job” he tweeted.
It’s absurd for Ms Markle to demand privacy as she sits in the royal box on a publicly-funded jolly with her mates... https://t.co/vcaymV3dyt— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 9, 2019
Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, had a less understanding view on the duchess’ request.
"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,” he said on his show. “We get to pay for their mansion, we get to do all of this."
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