Now that they have officially distanced themselves from the monarchy, prince Harry and Meghan Markle no longer hesitate to take out the fangs to defend their privacy. As reported by AFP on July 24, 2020, the duke and duchess of Sussex have filed a complaint on Thursday in Los Angeles against one or more of the paparazzi. They accuse them of having been photographed without their knowledge, their son Archie (1 year) in their garden.
“The couple has recently learned that someone offered to sell photos of their son, 14-month-old, Archie, claiming falsely to have been taken during a ‘recent public release to Malibu'” says the complaint for “infringement of privacy”. “But Archie has not been in public, much less to Malibu, since the family’s arrival in California in the month of march. The Sussex are some of them : these shots were taken during “activities in the garden of their residence”, yet located in the area ultrasécurisé of Beverly Ridge Estates, on the heights of Beverly Hills. Their comfortable villa is lent by the american producer Tyler Perry.
The complaint, which refers to unidentified individuals, based on a california law that prohibits taking pictures of anyone in his home, even from the outside of the property. “No drone, a helicopter or a telephoto lens does this right in question. The duke and duchess of Sussex to file this complaint to protect the right to privacy of their young son (…) and to find and stop those who seek to take advantage of these unlawful acts,” said the lawyer of the princely couple, Michael J. Kump, in a press release.
The complaints multiply
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say they expect to be followed to the trace at its outputs in public. They argue in their complaint that “some of the paparazzi and their sponsors have crossed the red line“. The son of prince Charles, 35 years old, has denounced on multiple occasions the pressure of the media on his marriage and has made it the main reason of its indentation of the royal family.
For the past several months, the Sussex multiply complaints against the media and paparazzi, defending tooth and nail their family life. The former actress and 38-year-old is currently a real arm-wrestle of a court against the group, Associated Newspapers and the title Mail on Sunday, after the publication of a personal letter addressed to his father, Thomas Markle.
At the end of June, the U.s. filed another complaint in the name of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, after photos of her, her son and their dogs have been taken while they were enjoying a walk in the woods in Canada, on Vancouver island, in January last. This is where the Sussex had settled in the meantime to negotiate the terms of their departure from the british monarchy, before they leave to live in California in mid-march. The shots were made and sold by the photo agency Splash, based in Los Angeles.