A former sports presenter said she almost ‘burst out laughing’ when Meghan Markle’s bodyguard asked her not to take photos of the royal at Wimbledon.
Sally Jones, 64, who was seated in the same row, had been snapping pictures of Serena Williams and only just realised the Duchess of Sussex was there when the royal protection officer tapped her on the shoulder.
The security man asked Jones to kindly stop taking photos of Meghan because she was there in a ‘private capacity’ – despite being surrounded by thousands of spectators, hundreds of photographers and millions watching on TV.
Jones told Good Morning Britain today: ‘I was a bit gobsmacked. I thought; “Have I upset people?” Then suddenly I felt a bit angry, and a bit bemused.’
Jones, who in 1986 became the BBC’s first woman sports presenter for Breakfast News, said she’s a royal fan but was shocked by the incident.
Images of Meghan from the royal box at Court 1 shows as many as 40 seats around her kept empty.
Piers Morgan, who makes no secret of disliking Meghan, said: ‘This is not a private visit, if you’re the Duchess of Sussex getting a freebie at Wimbledon, in the VIP seats, watching your mate Serena Williams with the company of your friends, it’s not a private visit, you’re there as a member of the royal family.’
He added: ‘Meghan’s got to learn she’s not a celebrity anymore, she’s the Duchess of Sussex… with the fact that taxpayers pay £2.5 million for your home refurbishment… with the fact that taxpayers pay for your security guys to be at Wimbledon… we pay for that… the deal is; you’re there and then you smile.’
Another guest was told off by staff for pulling up his phone, but could clearly be seen snapping a selfie with the court in the background.
Kensington Palace has not commented on the incidents, but a royal source told the Telegraph: ‘It’s not unusual for people accompanying members of the Royal Family at private, or public, events to ask members of the public not to take photographs. It is to enable members of the Royal Family to engage with people and events.’
Meghan made a surprise visit to the championships on Thursday to watch Serena beat Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan.
She was wearing blue jeans, a white blazer, sunglasses and a hat as she as she joined close friends Lindsay Roth and Genevieve Hillis at Court 1.
It was believed she broke the Wimbledon etiquette with her denim jeans, but All England Club refused to comment and insisted she was ‘perfectly well dressed’.
She arrived at the tournament two days after sister-in-law Kate Middleton made an appearance – amid rumours of a row between the two royal couples.
Kate was happy to sit among the crowds on Court 14 last Tuesday.
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