UK journalist Piers Morgan, co-host of Good Morning Britain, has hit out at Meghan Markle in light of claims that her security team prevented people from taking pictures of the Duchess of Sussex and ex-Hollywood actress at Wimbledon last Saturday.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, Morgan said that “this is so ridiculous, this obsession that her and Harry have about privacy".
“A – it’s rankling hypocritical, b – they’re not private people. They’re the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for that we get to pay for their mansion”, he added, urging Markle to “go back to America and live privately”.
“You go to Wimbledon on your free tickets, in the royal box the best seats in the house, and you take your two bezzies, and they sit there next to you and they’re getting free seats in the best place in the house. ‘You’re public people. All of you. In that moment you’re public people. Stop your squealing about privacy. We don’t want to hear it”, he said.
Morgan’s remarks came after former BBC and ITV commentator Sally Jones told The Telegraph that she was taking photos of Serena Williams when a member of the royal protection team asked her not to do so as Meghan Markle was seated in the box.
“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’”, Jones said.
Most Twitter users have, meanwhile, supported Morgan’s criticism, claiming that Markle is “ruining the image of the royal family” and that “she seems to think she’s bigger and better than the rest of them”. One user went further by describing Markle as a “pain in the butt”.
An absurd woman. A ticking time bomb for the royal family.— cw (@cdwallis) 9 июля 2019 г.
She’s so getting on my nerves. The best thing the paps can do is ignore them completely. This marriage is doomed.— sharon bearman (@sharonbearman) 9 июля 2019 г.
If she wants privacy, I’m sure they have a large screen TV at home. In a public place, things are public. Should people wish to publish or sell the pictures then that is another matter. Or is it? Never was before.— Bruce (@BruceNB) 9 июля 2019 г.
Totally agree!! Unfortunately when you are part of the royal family you are in the public eye. It’s not Hollywood. I don’t know if what we read is always correct but It does seem as if she’s coming across as a diva and it’s not good for the royal family’s profile.— Claire Valente (@bandg1rl) 9 июля 2019 г.
I agree and I love the royal family, she seems to think she’s bigger and better than the rest of them, diva, I don’t like her sister but some of what she said might be true!!!— lynnwalkergilbert (@lynngilbert021) 9 июля 2019 г.
I absolutely hate her. Shes ruining the image of the royal family😞— Sam🏴 | MW4😍 (@claytonsartist) 9 июля 2019 г.
She’s not doing herself any favours , she is making herself very unpopular.— Sarah Hall (@SarahHa61964026) 9 июля 2019 г.
I think it more likely no one was taking photos, or even interested in her. So she demanded people stop taking photos, in order to make herself seem important. She isn't.— Lynne B (@LynneBailey) 9 июля 2019 г.
She’s not Ms Markle, she’s The Duchess of Sussex; however, she’s fast becoming a pain in the butt....!— Liz Gardiner (@Liz_Gardiner) 9 июля 2019 г.
“If she wants privacy, I’m sure they have a large screen TV at home. In a public place, things are public. Should people wish to publish or sell the pictures then that is another matter. Or is it? Never was before”, one user noted.
Some netizens, however, pointed the finger at Morgan for allegedly targeting Meghan because of her race. The user Keniakiki wondered whether the UK journalist’s rant is aimed at “the only black member of the royal family”.
Today we're seeing the xenophobic and misogynoir anti-Meghan narrative play out on UK morning TV and twitter. The message by the professional @GMB troll today: if Meghan wants privacy she should go back to America. I just wanted to underscore a couple things as this continues pic.twitter.com/0jimCjciAp— Goldburn P. Maynard Jr. (@deathntaxesprof) 9 июля 2019 г.
Piers Morgan’s racist just came out “go back to America” rings a lot like “go back to your country” Meghan’s country is the UK now Piers— Summer Depresso (@BloggingMartin) 9 июля 2019 г.
He’s bloody obsessed with her!!! Thank god he’s not a newspaper editor anymore or he would do his utmost to bring her down. @piersmorgan just leave her alone - YAWN— Lindsay West (@LindziWest) 9 июля 2019 г.
Are you trying to incite the british public against the only black member of the royal family?— Keniakiki (@keniakiki) 9 июля 2019 г.
I wonder how much of this is because she is a powerful black woman— PatsyWard🔙🔛🔝🔱☘️☘️ (@bigpatsyward) 9 июля 2019 г.