Harry and Meghan made ‘privacy miscalculation’ compared to William and Kate

A royal commentator has claimed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s move to the US to avoid the press has opened them up to more invasion.

In her column for News.com.au, Daniela Elser feels the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made a "royal miscalculation" as they looked to escape the gaze of the British press.

Following the private wedding of Kate Middleton's brother James, commentator Elser believes being part of the royal fold helped to a paparazzi-free wedding with no images other than an Instagram post.

There were also no images of Prince William, Kate and the family flying to France or while they were in the country.

She wrote: “What is more interesting here is the paparazzi situation, which is to say, there has not been one.

"Not a single image has emerged of William and Kate either flying to France or on French soil which is a far, far cry from the days when Fleet Street and photo agencies’ most rapacious and relentless snappers doggedly trailed anyone with an HRH.

“And there is a certain cruel irony here when you contrast this state of play with the reality that Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, now face, having traded royal working life for ‘peace’ in the US, far, far away from the long arm of the courtiers and the British press they dislike so intensely.”

Meghan has been photographed getting on a seaplane on the Canadian island and later the Duchess and their son Archie photographed while on a hike.

Elser also tells of the family’s privacy being invaded with drones flying over their Los Angeles mansion and while Meghan picks up Archie from preschool.

In her column, she wrote: “It is looking more and more that by quitting the palace, they jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire.”

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In October, the couple received an apology from a news agency after drones were allegedly used to take pictures of their son Archie, the couple's lawyer has said.

The couple launched legal action in Los Angeles in July claiming an individual had photographed Archie, then 14 months old, at their home during lockdown.

The couple claimed the pictures were an invasion of privacy.

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In a statement, their lawyer Michael Kump, of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump LLP, said the agency responsible, X17, has apologised to the couple and agreed to pay a portion of their legal fees.

He said: "This is a successful outcome.

"All families have a right, protected by law, to feel safe and secure at home."

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