Tatum O’Neal has slammed the Duchess of Sussex as ‘tacky’ after bodyguards warned tennis fans not to take pictures of her during a Wimbledon trip.
The actress said she had hoped her fellow American would be ‘the next Princess Diana’ after she married Prince Harry, but said it now seemed ‘like it’s all about her’.
Meghan is at the centre of a row over whether her visit to Court 1 on Thursday with friends was ‘in a private capacity’ as there were 12,000 people inside the arena.
She was branded a ‘control freak’ after Sally Jones revealed she was warned about taking pictures of Meghan by an ’embarrassed’ bodyguard.
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A spectator taking a selfie while Meghan’s personal assistant (dressed in white), raises her hand, in an attempt to stop pictures being taken of the Duchess of Sussex
A member of the royal security team (pictured) then asked the man not to take any pictures near her amid claims a number of people were warned off
Child star O’Neal, 54, who is the former wife of tennis great John McEnroe, accused Meghan of failing in her role as a royal while praising Kate Middleton for ‘getting it’.
She told Good Morning Britain: ‘To have a bodyguard muscle somebody out I just think is so tacky.
‘It’s so upsetting to me because if you think about Princess Diana and how absolutely inclusive she was and how she would never turn anyone anyway, and I just had so much hope for Meghan, I wanted her to be the next Princess Diana and it seems like it’s all about her and it’s really upsetting me.
‘I’m sorry Harry because I love Harry. You’re now one of the people, you’re a royal, you’re not an actor.’
‘If you get the ring reset and you do a $400,000 renovation and you do the private jet to New York for the party; it’s not Diana. This is not Diana, this is something else. I don’t know what it is.’
Tatum added: ‘I think Kate really gets it. She gets the lack of privacy and I hope they [the couples] are not fighting.
Tatum O’Neal slammed the Duchess of Sussex as ‘tacky’ on Good Morning Britain today after bodyguards warned tennis fans not to take pictures of her during a Wimbledon trip
The man spoken to by the bodyguard was taking a selfie with the famous tennis court in the background, which was clearly shown on the screen of his mobile phone
Meghan Markle claps and cheers Serena Williams on Court 1 at Wimbledon on Thursday but her team insists she was there in a private capacity amid a row over spectators being warned by her security not to take pictures
Sally Jones, pictured at Wimbledon this week, was upset after being asked not to take pictures in the direction of the royal – but she was taking this picture of Serena Williams (right) and had no clue Meghan was there
‘Can you imagine though, it seems to me they could not be nicer people, how do you not get along with Kate and William? They are so nice.’
Mrs Jones, who first revealed the bodyguard’s request for no photos, said said she was utterly confused when a royal protection officer told her: ‘Would you not take photographs of the Duchess. She’s here in a private capacity.’
She told MailOnline: ‘I felt this tap on my shoulder and was asked not to take pictures of the Duchess – but I had no idea she was there until then. I was absolutely gobsmacked.
‘I looked across and saw that she was between two of her friends, wearing sunglasses, and a hat – but she was clearly looking around looking to see who was looking at her.
‘I told him it was bonkers and that even if I had been trying to snap the Duchess, I’d have got a blurry picture of her right ear. I said to him: ‘Have you thought about having a word with any of those television cameras?’ He looked a little uncomfortable.’
The actress said she had hoped her fellow American would be ‘the next Princess Diana’ after she married Prince Harry, but said it now seemed ‘like it’s all about her’
Meghan and her friends (far right, centre of picture) watched the match from an area largely cleared of other spectators
‘There is now a clear sense that Harry, Meghan and their team see themselves more as A-list celebrities rather than royals carrying out their duties. Their wish to control things is in stark contrast with the Cambridges who appear far more sensible. Kate was at Wimbledon two days earlier and acted completely differently.
‘I’m a royalist but everyone is getting more and more fed up with Harry and Meghan’s approach.
‘The photograph incident is the latest in a long list of things such as the confusion over when Meghan went into Labour where she had the baby and more recently the secrecy over the names of the godparents.
‘It’s all completely unnecessary and they are trying to score points’.
Meghan, who has been cruelly dubbed a ‘pushy princess’ by some, was spotted on the iconic Court One on Thursday, cheering on her close friend Serena.
But it would appear that one seat was not enough for the 37-year-old as four rows – and as many as 40 seats – surrounding her were kept empty by her security detail while VIPs were left queuing outside.