A Wimbledon fan has described how she was told by the Meghan Markle’s protection officer not to take photos of the Duchess because she was at the tournament in a “private capacity”.
Sally Jones, a media consultant, told The Daily Telegraph that she was seated in the same row as Meghan in Court One last week.
Ms Jones, who said she was actually taking pictures of Serena Williams and had not noticed the duchess, said that the protection officer told her: “Would you not take photographs of the duchess. She’s here in a private capacity.”
Images of Meghan watching the tennis with friends last Thursday show another Wimbledon fan standing up in front of the former actress and taking a photo on his camera phone, before being spoken to by a man believed to be a royal bodyguard.
A close-up of the man’s phone shows he actually appears to be taking a selfie with the Wimbledon court in the background.
Meghan is also pictured greeting a young spectator in the stands during her visit.
Ms Jones described her experience as “another example of silly control freakery”.
She said the bodyguard appeared “quite embarrassed” and she reminded him that the event was televised.
Buckingham Palace has yet to comment.
Meghan and Prince Harry’s approach to privacy hit the headlines after they decided not to reveal details of their son Archie’s godparents following his private christening at the weekend.
Graham Smith, from Republic, which campaigns for an elected head of state, said: “The police have no business telling people what photos they can take.
“When public figures are in public people will take photos, that’s life.
“Meghan and Harry can’t expect special treatment or police protection from curious bystanders.
“Their recent behaviour suggests they want all the privilege and public money but can’t even tolerate the public more than they have to.”
- Press Association