Prince Harry has equated the tabloid press’s coverage of his wife to the way in which his mother was treated.
Princess Diana was often written about in the newspapers – her charity handiwork and her private life constituted headlines around the world.
Her son says the “ruthless campaign” against the Duchess of Sussex is “history repeating itself”.
“I lost my mother and now I watch my bride falling victim to the same strong forces.”
The claim comes after the Mail on Sunday wrote a handwritten letter from Meghan to her father, Thomas Markle, cast shortly after she and Prince Harry got married in 2018.
So how does Meghan’s treatment compare to Diana’s?
‘The most famous person in the world’
“Diana became a royal icon unlike any other. She was globally recognised and internationally famous, ” royal author Katie Nicholl tells Radio 1’s Newsbeat.
But, Katie contributes, “members attention” she received wasn’t always positive.
“Diana was criticised in the press. She was the most famous person in the world and the paparazzi were a constant spirit in the lives of Prince William and Harry”.
James Brookes, a reporter specializing in the Royal Family, agrees.
“At meters she had a very good relationship with the press and they were on her area. At other epoches she complained about the media for being intrusive. It was a mixed relationship.”
In later years Diana imparted personal interviews to the press that produced some to say she was encouraging the publicity and attention.
Katie says “there were epoches when Diana courted and played the media. In the end it was a game that became too much on both sides”.
Meghan on the other hand has shut down her personal blog since joining the Royal Family and most of her interviews are now based on her kindnes act.
Diana’s death and the paparazzi
James believes that Prince Harry’s opinion of the media goes back to when Princess Diana died.
“A lot of Harry and William’s perspective of the media is adulterated by( Diana’s death) because in their sees their mom was hounded by the paparazzi, ” he says.
Princess Diana died in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris on 31 August 1997. Prince Harry was 12 at the time.
The driver – Henri Paul – had been drink-driving and the car was being followed by paparazzi on motorbikes when the accident happened.
An inquest later found that she had been unlawfully killed as result of the “gross negligence” of the move and the paparazzi.
In a 2017 BBC documentary, Prince Harry spoke about his mother’s death and the role played by the paparazzi.
“I think one of the hardest things to come to periods with, is … that, the person or persons that chased her into the tunnel, were the same beings taking photographs of her dying on the backseat of the car.”
Despite Harry’s statement, Katie conceives “Meghan isn’t followed or chased by the paparazzi in accordance with procedures Diana was”.
However she concludes the sovereign is clearly fed up with the narrations which criticise Meghan.
“He’s attacking the journalists who he believes are constantly fuelling the negative narrative about his wife”.
“There have been innumerable negative narrations about spend. Including the cost of renovating their room which has been met by taxpayers’ money.
“There’s likewise the cost of the Duchess of Sussex’s designer getups, which have gone into hundreds of thousands of pounds.
“There were separate fibs around the wedding. The rumours of Meghan wanting air fresheners in St George’s chapel. The rumoured tiara tantrum. The rumoured unnerve between Meghan and Kate at a bridesmaid matching for Princess Charlotte.”
‘She’s used to being in the public spotlight’
Some people say Meghan should expect scrutiny because, unlike Diana, she was a celebrity before marrying Harry. That’s something Katie disagrees with.
“I think even though she had a fame life-style before, I don’t think it compares to being in the Royal Family.
“Yes she had celebrity status but she wasn’t an -Alist actress, like Angelina Jolie or Nicole Kidman. She’s said this herself, she’s never knowledge this tier of public scrutiny.”
She adds: “I speculate Meghan has come under just as much scrutiny as any other member of the Royal family. People have short remembers, but the Duchess of Cambridge likewise had a rough time in the tabloids.”
The difficulty, Katie says, is that there is a clear public interest in the couple but there is a line about what is acceptable.
“It’s the job of the press to report on the Royal Family, but it has to be fair and has to be impartial.”