Over the course of their full and headline interview with Oprah, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry unpacked the reasoning behind their decision to step down from their royal duties in January 2020.
In an additional, unaired clip exclusive to OprahMag.com, Meghan opened up about the invasions of privacy she experienced after dating and marrying Prince Harry. The couple eventually took legal action against these violations and ultimately won a privacy case against him. The mail on sunday, the publication that published a letter he wrote to his father, Thomas Markle, in 2021.
WWhile speaking with Meghan, Oprah raised a question that many have asked in response to Meghan and Harry’s requests for privacy: While dating a royal, shouldn’t there be an expectation that you’re going to lose some degree of privacy? In the clip below, Meghan replied, “I think everybody you have a basic right to privacy. Basic. We are not talking about anything that no one else would expect. “
He went on to illustrate his definition of a “basic right to privacy” using an example based on everyday life.
“If you are at work and you have a picture of your child on your desk and your co-worker says: ‘Oh my gosh, your son is so cute. That is fantastic! Can I see your phone so I can see? everybody your child’s photos? You say ‘No. This It’s the image that I feel comfortable sharing with you, ‘”Meghan said.
Meghan continued to add to the analogy to show how far photographers went to invade their own privacy. “And then if they bend over and say, ‘No, but you already showed me that one. So you have to show me everything. You know what? I’m only going to hire someone to sit in front of your house, or hide in the bushes and take pictures in your backyard, because you’ve lost your right to privacy … because you shared a picture with me. ,'” she said.
Ultimately, Meghan said, she and Harry were not asking for total privacy, nor were they cordoning off their roles as public figures, as some have claimed. “They have created a false narrative. I have never he talked about privacy, “Meghan said.
Instead, he said, the couple were only asking to share the “parts of their lives” that they felt “comfortable” with giving access to the public, just like the rest of us.
“There’s no one on Instagram or social media who says, ‘Because I shared this image, that entitles you to have my whole camera. Go ahead and look at it.’ No one would want that. So it’s all about boundaries. And it’s about respect. “
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