Meghan and Harry are now together in Canada at their home on Vancouver Island after their shock royal exit was announced earlier this month. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been vocal in the past about their struggles with privacy while remaining members of the Royal Family, and how they have wanted to bring baby Archie up without media intrusion. Prince Harry released a sternly-worded statement last October about media intrusion, after he and Meghan launched legal proceedings regarding the publication of a letter to Thomas Markle.
This month, the Duke and Duchess have again issued warnings over the use of photographs taken of Meghan and Archie at home in Vancouver.
However, a royal expert has noted that such media interest will only grow as the Sussexes forge their new life – and the couple no longer have the protection of the Palace to help them.
Writing for The Telegraph, Camilla Tominey said: “In the immediate aftermath of the Sussexes’ swift exit from the Firm, interest in what the couple does next remains at fever pitch.
“Hence the paparazzi waiting outside their Vancouver Island home.
“But here’s the rub. If Harry and Meghan are truly determined to turn their backs on Britain and make a go of it in North America, then they are liable to suffer more intrusion, not less.
“While there is no doubt the couple has an impregnable support base across the pond that may soon dwarf their popularity in the UK to the point of irrelevance, US media outlets are going to demand their pound of flesh.”
Ms Tominey also noted that North American broadcasters do not have the same responsibility to abide by legal notices issued to the UK press.
She wrote: “As the couple’s lawyers, Schillings, were busy issuing legal warnings to the British newspapers which ran the paparazzi pictures of Meghan and Archie walking the dogs down a woodland trail, American broadcasters were happily reporting on the story.
“All while illustrating their packages criticising the ‘intrusive’ UK press with the very images and footage the couple have complained about.”
She continued: “This poses two problems for Harry and Meghan. It not only opens them to accusations of double standards, but leaves them even more exposed than they were in Windsor.
“The paparazzi and major US networks are already treating the Sussexes the same as other celebrities.
“They might still be called Duke and Duchess, but from a media perspective they are now fair game, without the Palace to protect them.
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“Let’s not forget that these paparazzi are from LA-based picture agencies – not British.
“And they show no sign of downing tools, despite the couple’s complaints about being ‘stalked’ and ‘besieged’.
“The bigger the market in America, the greater the need for pictures – which is going to make it even more difficult for Harry and Meghan to balance their desire for privacy with their need for publicity.”
Echoing these statements, royal biographer Ingrid Seward told BBC Radio 4 today: “Of course the safest place for Harry and Meghan to be is in the UK.
“They haven’t been papped once since their marriage, and if they have been, no pictures have been printed.
“Those rules don’t apply in Canada. The paps can come from all over the world and lie in wait for them.”
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