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‘Nonsense!’ Meghan Markle dragged into heated Archie row

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The row erupted after Meghan was pictured posing with Stephanie Heckl, an editor of German celebrity magazine Bunte, during a walkabout with her husband Prince Harry in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sued picture agency X17 after photos of a one-year-old Archie playing in the private grounds of actor Tyler Perry’s Los Angeles mansion, taken by drone, were published in Bunte.

Royal commentator Emily Andrews said the selfie of Meghan with Ms Heckl proved why the Royal Family are not allowed to take selfies with members of the public during walkabouts.

She tweeted: “This is why the Royal Family have a policy of not posing for selfies on walkabouts.

“You have no idea who’s taking the pic with you and how they will use that pic. This is a harmless incident, but imagine the reputational damage if it were a mafia boss, a drugs cartel etc etc.”

But RoyalArjan, a Twitter account which tweets about European royalty from the 19th century onwards, hit back saying: “Nonsense.

“The Queen of the Netherlands (and the entire Dutch Royal Family, for that matter) doesn’t mind posing for selfies. No problem.”

Others also replied to Ms Andrews with pictures of other members of the Firm, including Prince William and Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla, posing for selfies.

There is no suggestion Meghan know she was posing with Ms Heckl during the walkabout for the Invictus Games.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex thrilled fans in Germany when they went on a walkabout in the hot sunshine before taking a cruise along the River Rhine.

The couple shook hands and chatted with an eager crowd outside Dusseldorf Town Hall as they marked the one-year countdown to The Invictus Games coming to the city.

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Shouts of “Harry, Harry” could be heard, while Meghan posed for selfies with members of the public who stood in the sun to catch a glimpse of the couple on their short visit to Dusseldorf.

The Duchess wore a cream halter-neck knitted vest by LA-based designer Anine Bing, and beige wide-legged belted trousers.

The couple’s outing on Tuesday came after they made their first public appearance in the UK since returning for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this year.

Delivering a speech at the Town Hall reception, Harry, wearing a suit and white shirt, said he is “filled with such excitement” at the thought of the next Invictus Games having the backdrop of the River Rhine.

He said: “I can’t wait to hear the roar of the crowds, to feel the adrenalin of the competition and join in on the laughter and even the tears, happy ones of course, while we get to witness lives being changed right before our eyes.”

The Duke said he would encourage people to “really lean in” to the games.

He added: “In our most vulnerable moments, encouragement is essential.

“So, I ask that we all do our part to provide space for these incredible servicemen and women to be honest, courageous and true to themselves.”

Showing his trademark sense of humour, the duke opened his speech with a few words of German and wiped his brow to applause as he smiled in relief, adding: “That’s about where it stops.”

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