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Meghan and Harry can’t expect privacy because everyone they meet has a smartphone, says royal editor

Meghan and Harry are wrong to expect privacy because everyone they meet has a smartphone, royal editor claims – after tennis fans were ordered not to take photos of the Duchess at Wimbledon

  • Tim Ewart says there is ‘nothing private anymore’ for members of Royal Family
  • Meghan criticised earlier this week for demanding no photos at Wimbledon
  • Duchess claimed she was there in a ‘private capacity’ to watch Serena Williams 
  • Former ITV royal editor says Harry and William have modernised the monarchy
  • Queen was keen for princes to appeal to and connect with younger generation 

Meghan and Harry cannot expect privacy when everyone they meet has a smartphone, a former royal editor has claimed.

ITV’s Tim Ewart said there is ‘nothing private anymore’ about being a member of the Royal Family when everyone is armed with a camera at public engagements.

Earlier this week the Duchess of Sussex, 37, was branded ‘childish’ after her bodyguards warned tennis fans not to take pictures of her at Wimbledon.

Meghan made a surprise visit to Court 1 on Thursday last week to cheer on pal Serena Williams with friends – and sparked a row after the argument was made she was there ‘in a private capacity’, even though there were 12,000 people in the arena and millions watching on TV. 

Meghan and Harry cannot expect privacy these days when every person they meet has a smartphone, a former royal editor has claimed

Earlier this week the Duchess of Sussex was branded 'childish' after her bodyguards warned tennis fans not to take pictures of her at Wimbledon

Earlier this week the Duchess of Sussex was branded ‘childish’ after her bodyguards warned tennis fans not to take pictures of her at Wimbledon

A royal source later claimed the photo ban was put in place so that the Duchess could  ‘engage with people rather than camera phones’.

Speaking on Yahoo News’ Royal Box, Mr Ewart said: ‘Now every single person that a member of the Royal Family meets has a smartphone. There is nothing private anymore.’

Earlier today it was announced the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge will attend Wimbledon tomorrow on a rare joint engagement.

Meghan will be cheering on her friend Serena Williams as she takes on Romanian player Simona Halep on Centre Court in the ladies singles final.

Speaking on Yahoo's Royal Box, Mr Ewart said: 'Now every single person that a member of the Royal Family meets has a smartphone. There is nothing private anymore'

Speaking on Yahoo’s Royal Box, Mr Ewart said: ‘Now every single person that a member of the Royal Family meets has a smartphone. There is nothing private anymore’

It comes a year after the pair made their first joint solo outing at the tournament, and just days after they were last seen together at a charity polo match in Surrey. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also criticised for keeping the details of their son Archie’s christening under wraps and using a royal loophole to ensure his godparents remain a secret.

Their decision sparked outrage after it emerged the taxpayer forked out £2.4million for renovations to their new Windsor home. 

Details of Archie’s baptism are being kept in a separate ‘register held privately by the royal household on behalf of the Crown’, which is not accessible to the public. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also criticised for keeping the details of their son Archie's christening under wraps and using a royal loophole to ensure his godparents remain a secret

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also criticised for keeping the details of their son Archie’s christening under wraps and using a royal loophole to ensure his godparents remain a secret

A royal source said: ‘People might think Meghan responsible for this whole privacy thing but it is Harry leading the charge. He wants Archie to be a private citizen in every way possible.’ 

Mr Ewart went on to argue the Sussexes and Cambridges have done wonders to ‘modernise’ the monarchy by appealing ‘very greatly’ to a younger generation.

‘The Queen was very anxious for the Royal Family to move on and be seen to be connecting with issues that are pertinent to today,’ he told Yahoo’s Royal Box.

‘They’re very charming people in public, and the causes that they support – homelessness, mental health issues, children with difficulties from deprived backgrounds – all of these things resonate not just in Britain but everywhere else in the world.’

Meghan made a surprise visit to Court 1 on Thursday last week to cheer on pal Serena Williams with friends - and sparked a row after the argument was made she was there 'in a private capacity'

Meghan made a surprise visit to Court 1 on Thursday last week to cheer on pal Serena Williams with friends – and sparked a row after the argument was made she was there ‘in a private capacity’

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