Meghan Markle: how private can the lives of public figures hope to be?

Shauna Power

Being members of the British Royal Family, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry should expect a lack of privacy, but at what point does this become too much? Anyone who follows the Duke and Duchess would understand why they would want to maintain their privacy, but are they beginning to take this too far?

The birth of the Duke and Duchessesfirstborn was an eye-opener for most fans of the family as we were used to other royals allowing the public an insider look at their newborn, but Archie was kept out of the spotlight. They regulated the hospital stay, intriguing the world and left us wondering is this what the new wave of royals will be like.

When Kate Middleton gave birth to her children, the world knew their names and photos circulated very early on. Markle and Prince Harry only shared a picture of Archies face on fathers day, about a month after his birth. Of course, as parents, it is natural to protect your newborn from prying eyes but as one the most famous couples in the world, what more can they expect?

If you take a moment to consider the life the Duke and Duchess lead, it is understandable why they want to keep everything as private as possible. During Princess Dianas divorce with Prince Charles the press tormented her, Markle has been objectified and Prince Harry himself lost out on privacy growing up. Why wouldnt they want to push the press out of their lives as much as possible?

They have already experienced breaches of privacy. Splash News took a helicopter above their house to capture the couple, Theyve had to tighten security to deal with tourists roaming the grounds in Frogmore and theyve both also recently sued major British newspapers in regards to privacy issues. Nobody in the Royal family is free from scrutiny but coverage of Meghan, in particular, has not been the kindest.

Harry explained the issue on the newly created website saying There comes a point when the only thing to do is stand up to this behaviour because it destroys people and destroys lives. He continued, I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.

With privacy issues like these already arising, we cant blame them for being so secretive. They are a part of one of the most famous monarchies in the world and therefore everyone expects to know everything about them. Think about yourself, would you feel comfortable with the world knowing everything about you and your family?

We are living in a 24/7 media age, the couple are setting a precedent and sending a warning that they will fight for their privacy and will employ the legal power to do so. At the end of the day, they are normal people who live an abnormal life. They deserve the respect we would give to anybody outside of the public eye.

By: Shauna Power

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