Meghan Markle is being criticized for several reasons following her visit to Wimbledon last week Thursday to watch pal, Serena Williams play.
The Duchess of Sussex attended the famous tennis championship in blue jeans, a black t-shirt, white blazer, sunglasses and a hat. She has been called out for her casual outfit, especially because of her jeans, which breaks Wimbledon dress code.
She is also being criticized after photos showed as many as 40 seats around her were kept empty to keep her as far away as possible from other. People also complained that her bodyguard confronted people who were seen taking photos with their phone, even those who were not taking photos of Meghan.
Meghan, 37, sat on Court One and not in the Royal Box as she watched Serena play. She sat with two of her university friends Lyndsay Roth and Genevieve Hillis beside her and her bodyguard behind. The other seats around her were left empty.
An official organising Meghan’s told The Times of Meghan’s visit, sating: “It was a nightmare, she was a nightmare.”
An All England Club source explained that Meghan had wanted to watch the tennis “incognito, but there were problems.”
They said: “She wanted to come incognito but there were problems. They couldn’t invite her into the royal box because she was wearing jeans but that didn’t really matter because all she wanted to do was come and watch Serena.”
A palace source told the publication that Meghan had wanted to watch pal Serena play on Court One, and had no intention of going to the Royal Box on Centre Court.
After photos of Meghan was shared online. Twitter users began to question why she was allowed to wear denim and a hat when someone like Lewis Hamilton has famously been barred in the past for not adhering to the jacket and tie policy that the All English Tennis Club has.
Wimbledon’s website states that the protocol for the Royal Box is “dress is smart, suits/jacket and tie, etc. Ladies are asked not to wear hats, as they tend to obscure the vision of those seated behind them.”
Reacting to Meghan’s outfit, @GlenysBlower tweeted: “@BBCSport@Wimbledon so, gentleman have to wear jackets and ties in the royal box and Meghan rocks up in jeans. What’s that all about???”
Other Twitter users also expressed similar sentiments.
Typically the wearing of denim is frowned upon in the members’ area at Wimbledon, with one person who had been a member for 30 years saying that Meghan is “not allowed” to wear them.
Then, in an interview with Good Morning Britain today, Sally Jones, 64, who in 1986 became the BBC’s first woman sports presenter for Breakfast News, said she was confronted by Meghan Markle’s bodyguard who told her to stop taking pictures. Sally, who was seated in the same row, had been snapping pictures of Serena Williams and only just realised the Duchess of Sussex was there when the royal protection officer tapped her on the shoulder.
Sally Jones told Good Morning Britain today: “I was a bit gobsmacked. I thought; ‘Have I upset people?’ Then suddenly I felt a bit angry, and a bit bemused.”
Sally said the bodyguard told her not to take Meghan’s photos because the Duchess was there on a “private visit”.
But Piers Morgan, who doesn’t hide his dislike for Meghan, said: “This is not a private visit, if you’re the Duchess of Sussex getting a freebie at Wimbledon, in the VIP seats, watching your mate Serena Williams with the company of your friends, it’s not a private visit, you’re there as a member of the royal family.”
He added: “Meghan’s got to learn she’s not a celebrity anymore, she’s the Duchess of Sussex… with the fact that taxpayers pay £2.5 million for your home refurbishment… with the fact that taxpayers pay for your security guys to be at Wimbledon… we pay for that… the deal is; you’re there and then you smile.”
Another guest, a man was seen with taking a picture with his phone very close to Meghan and her friends.
He was told off by staff for pulling up his phone, even though it could clearly be seen that they had been snapping a selfie with the court in the background (see below).
Kensington Palace has not commented on the incidents, but a royal source told the Telegraph: “It’s not unusual for people accompanying members of the Royal Family at private, or public, events to ask members of the public not to take photographs. It is to enable members of the Royal Family to engage with people and events.”
Also, Meghan is coming under fire for leaving immediately after Serena played and not staying to watch and support Andy Murray, a Brit.
The All England Club source, who earlier called Meghan a “nightmare”, said: “Andy Murray was on Court 1 afterwards and it was a massive faux pas not to watch a Brit when she is signed up to the Royal Family.”
A spokesperson for Wimbledon told Fabulous Digital: “The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) was delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Sussex in a private capacity to The Championships to watch her friend Serena Williams compete on No.1 Court.
“The Duchess was greeted by AELTC Chairman Philip Brook at the Players’ Reception on arrival before making her way to No.1 Court, and it was always the intention that the visit would be only for the one match.
“Any suggestion that The Duchess’s visit was anything other than a privilege is categorically not the view of the AELTC and she is always welcome to attend The Championships.”
Royal watchers also frowned upon the fact that Meghan sat secluded from other, with all the seats around her kept empty. They compared her to sister-in-law Kate Middleton who was at the tournament on Tuesday, two days before Meghan, and had no problems sitting among the crowds on Court 14.