Meghan claims paparazzi ‘hounded’ her and paid neighbours for photos

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Meghan Markle expressed her frustration at the media storm her relationship with Prince Harry ignited in the first instalment of Netflix’s Harry & Meghan documentary. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex repeatedly lamented the scrutiny they faced since announcing they were together in 2016. Meghan claimed the desire to gain pictures of her became so great that paparazzi paid neighbours in the area she resided in while filming in Toronto to set up a live stream of her home.

In the docuseries, Meghan said: “It felt like all of the UK media descended upon Toronto,” the mom-of-two said in the documentary’s second episode.

“Then my neighbours texted me saying ‘they’re knocking on everyone’s door, they are trying to find you.’

“They had paid certain neighbours to put a live stream camera into my backyard.”

She claimed the situation became so pressing she felt “scared” and was reduced to keeping all her curtains drawn to avoid having the paparazzi snap pictures of her home.

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She continued: “Suddenly, it was like everything about my life was just getting so much more insular.

“All the curtains were pulled and the blinds were pulled. It was scary

My house was just surrounded. Just men sitting in their cars all the time waiting for me to do anything.

“My face was everywhere, my life was everywhere. Tabloids had taken over everything.”


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The Duchess also hit out at the management of the interview she and Prince Harry sat down for in the aftermath of their engagement as an “orchestrated reality show.”

She said: “It was, you know, rehearsed.

“So we did the thing out with the press and then we went right inside, took the coat off, sat down and did the interview. So it was all in that same moment.”

But BBC reporter Mishal Husain rebuked the Duchess’s characterisation of the exchange, saying: “We know recollections may vary on this particular subject but my recollection is definitely very much, asked to do an interview, and do said interview.”

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In the first episode of the documentary, the Duchess of Sussex also explained why she agreed to participate in the project.

She said: “I’m not gonna say that it’s comfortable, but when you feel like people haven’t got any sense of who you are for so long, it’s really nice to just be able to have the opportunity to let people have a bit more of a glimpse into what’s happened and also who we are.”

Prince Harry added: “A friend of ours actually suggested that we document ourselves through this period of time.

“With all of the misinformation that was going on out there, especially about us and the departure, it seemed like a really sensible idea. Is this the first video diary?

“I don’t know. We’ve talked about it. We keep talking about it because we know that right now, it might not make sense but one day, it will make sense.”

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