Being in the spotlight is certainly not easy – there is no doubt about that. When you are a celebrity or public figure, it is difficult to do ordinary, everyday things that most of us simply take for granted. Doing something as basic as stepping out for a cup of coffee can set the stage for a flurry of photographers, and many high-profile people have their privacy invaded every and every day.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had a media sensation for years now, and it's somewhat safe to say that things are actually getting a little out of hand. In the early stages of their relationship, Prince Harry actually released a statement out of concern for Markle's safety, given that she was suddenly being hassled by the media.
As members of the royal family, fans around the world, as well as media outlets, take a great interest in everything Duke and Duchess of Sussex do on a daily basis. Why is Prince Harry and Markle's relationship with the media much worse than most people realize?
Prince Harry knows all too well the negative effects of the media
Prince Harry was only twelve years old when his beloved mother, Princess Diana, was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris. The Princess Diana car was traveling at an extremely high speed in order to escape the watchful eyes of photographers when they crashed into a concrete pillar in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel, according to Reader's Digest.
This changed Prince Harry's life drastically and is something that will always be with him. Many blame the media – specifically, the paparazzi – for the late princess's death. And it wouldn't be surprising if Prince Harry harbored strong feelings about the industry and its people.
Meghan Markle's personal letter was published
Prince Harry is not the only one who feels the effects of the news media. Not too long ago, Duchess Meghan wrote a very personal letter to her estranged father: Thomas Markle.
According to CBS News, the Duchess of Sussex is involved in a lawsuit against a British tabloid for leaking the contents of a letter in which she wrote about her feelings about her family situation. The media has also been reporting on her personal life and her reputation a lot – and having far from a positive spin.
Prince Harry filed lawsuits against two tabloids
As if the incident involving Markle's leaked letter was not enough for the royal couple to deal with, Page Six reports that Prince Harry had filed lawsuits against the two British tabloids himself.
Apparently, his phone was hacked and private voicemails were stolen. Although Buckingham Palace has not released specific details of the incident, we know that the voicemails mentioned were several years old, from before Prince Harry and Markle ever even met. This is a huge violation of his privacy, and sadly, there is more to the story.
According to The Guardian, earlier this year, Markle and Prince Harry felt that their security was at risk due to helicopters flying over their rented home in order to obtain photographs. The prince said in a statement that pictures of the living and dining areas were obtained, as well as direct photographs of the bedroom. How awful for duke and duchess to deal with that.
Why is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's relationship with the media much worse than people realize?
Most royal fans don't realize how frightening it can be behind the scenes. We all see the tabloid articles regarding Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, but it's easy to forget that there is often more going on. The royal couple deals with their fair share of negativity, yet, they are constantly hassled on a regular basis, something that they are desperately trying to get away from. Their relationship with the media is much worse than people think, and we can only hope that it gets better as time goes on.