Prince Harry and Meghan Markle haven’t been able to escape the paparazzi, even after leaving the U.K.
And now, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex aren’t happy about a photo that surfaced of 14-month-old son Archie.
In fact, they’re suing for invasion of privacy because a photog “crossed a red line for any parent.”
The former royals are finding it incredibly difficult to escape the paparazzi, even after stepping back from their position as senior royals — a decision that was, in part, an effort to escape U.K. tabloids.
They had moved to a small town in Canada. However, the Daily Mail didn’t do them any favors when they published the family’s exact location. The paparazzi showed up in droves.
Harry and Meghan have since moved to a gated community in the Los Angeles Area. They’re staying at Tyler Perry’s Beverly Hills estate. Apparently, the house is at the furthest point from the front gate, making it especially hard for an intruder to make their way to the home.
That clearly didn’t stop someone, though.
Celeb lawyer Michael Kump filed docs on behalf of the former royals. According to the suit, an unnamed photog snapped “unsolicited photographs of a young child in the privacy of his own home” which is “very much unlawful.”
They are suing because of “serial intrusions on the privacy of a 14-month-old child in his own home, and the desire and responsibility of any parent to do what is necessary to protect their children from this manufactured feeding frenzy.”
And now, the photog is claiming he took the shots during a public outing in Malibu. Seems impossible, since Archie hasn’t been anywhere in public, let alone in Malibu, since moving to Los Angeles.
It’s clearly a coverup to hide the fact that the photos are illegal.
Harry and Meghan say that they put up a large mesh fence around the property to guard against telephoto lenses, but the paparazzi has started taking to the air.
“Some paparazzi and media outlets have flown drones a mere 20 feet above the house, as often as three times a day, to obtain photographs of the couple and their young son in their private residence,” said Kump in the complaint. “Others have flown helicopters above the backyard of the residence, as early as 5:30 am and as late as 7:00 pm, waking neighbors and their son, day after day.”
They’re asking the court to order the defendants to turn over all photographs, and stop unlawful conduct and harassment. They’re also seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
But most of all, they just want the right to privacy in their own home.