Meghan Markle and Prince Harry want to give their children a normal childhood that's why they are very keen to protect their privacy. However, a royal commentator claimed that moving to America only made their children Archie and Lilibet "valuable prey."
Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Warned About Privacy In 'Land Of The Free'
Royal commentator Daniela Elser penned an op-ed about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's family, especially about their children's privacy. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are living their lives in a $14 million mansion in Montecito. However, Elser doesn't think they would achieve the privacy they desire in the "land of the free."
"America is home to websites like TMZ and Radar Online which will happily pay the public for smartphone images of celebrities out and about doing such scintillating things as standing, walking and stocking up on loo paper," she wrote.
The royal expert added that even if Prince Harry and Markle are not as popular as Beyonce, there is no end to the fascination with them. And, she believed, it would not be good for their kids and even the royal couple.
"The whole family is, in short, valuable prey for anyone who might come across the family out and about," she continued. "The Sussex family might live on a seven-acre estate but the minute they set foot outside those gates, they are unprotected from the glare of lenses, both professional and amateur."
She added that while the Sussexes' Montecito mansion has enough space for Lili and Archie's playhouse, tennis court and pool to keep them entertained, Prince Harry and Markle couldn't keep their children at home forever. She added that Lilibet and Archie are growing up in a country where there is a ready market for iPhone snaps.
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Elser compared the paparazzi's attitude in the U.K. and U.S. when it comes to handling children. For her, Prince William and Kate Middleton's children are better protected in his home country.
According to Elzer, "Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all go to school, tennis lessons at the Hurlingham Club." They were also spotted going shopping with their mom, the Duchess of Cambridge.
The royal children are better protected in the U.K. She pointed out that the Cambridge kids have been raised in London in the last five years but "they are by and large left totally alone to get on with the business of growing up."
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She pointed out that the British paparazzi have the same opportunities as their American counterparts when it comes to taking pictures of the royal kids. However, they are more respectful when it comes to giving the royal children privacy.
"It's not that eagle-eyed locals lack opportunities to record or photograph the Cambridge Three, but be it out of politeness, British reserve or an abiding desire to respect their privacy, people just don't seem to ever do so," she wrote. "While the British press have come in for regular, and sometimes well-deserved, pastings for their treatment of the Sussexes, the tabloid culture in the US is a far cry from that in the UK."
Since Elser felt that the members of the press in the U.K. are more polite, she wished the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would "succeed better even in a country of 298 million (truly) smartphones."
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