Meghan Markle has been part of the British tabloids since she started dating Prince Harry.
Royal expert Kristen Meinzer says the press will forget about Meghan once Prince William’s children are older.
The British press left Prince Harry and Prince William alone until they entered their teens and twenties.
From the moment news broke that she was dating Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has been making headlines and the covers of British tabloids.
The scrutiny hasn’t stopped since the couple moved to Montecito, Calif., two years ago. But royal expert Kristen Meinzer told Insider she doesn’t believe it will last forever.
“The tabloids love to put Meghan on fire,” Meinzer said. “But their appetite for her might start to die out as William’s children get older, as the next generation of children arrives.”
“Much of the interest in the royal family becomes hyper-focused when they are teenagers, in their 20s and 30s,” she added. “It’s a bit like Hollywood.”
Meinzer noted that Prince William was described as a “teenage dream sex symbol” in the 90s – and not just in the UK. When he was 14 in July 1996, William landed on the cover of People alongside a headline calling him ‘Britain’s newest idol’ with ‘lots of ladies waiting’. An early 2000s issue of NW Magazine – an Australian publication – shows teenage Prince William on the cover as rumors swirled that he might be dating Britney Spears.
Prince Harry – and his many scandals – also became tabloid fodder as he fought with paparazzi and played a game of strip poker in Las Vegas.
“William and Harry, we paid a little attention to them as Diana’s children, but most of all we care about Diana,” Meinzer said. “It wasn’t until they got older and we started saying, ‘Oh, Prince Charming’, that public interest really started to peak. People could imagine dating them, marrying them or start a life with them.”
Meinzer believes Britain’s tabloids will continue to steer clear of reporting on the personal lives of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – who are 9, 7 and 4 respectively – and make headlines. newspapers, at least for now.
“After Diana’s death, there was a certain level of respect for William and Harry for a few years,” Meinzer said. “It was understood that the press were not going to hide in the bushes at St. Andrews while William was there – they will keep their distance and give him some respect.”
“I think they will do the same for William’s children too, but I don’t think that will stop them from posting stories,” she added. “We knew Kate 20 years ago. When they were students at university there were still things coming out of them, but it wasn’t on the feverish level that it was with Diana.”
Meghan is no stranger to the “febrile level” of British tabloids. A Daily Mail headline once claimed that his favorite snack, avocado toast, “fueled human rights abuses, drought and murder”. The day before her wedding to Prince Harry, The Sun made headlines claiming she was linked to a serial killer. Many pointed out that the press used Kate Middleton’s last birthday to criticize Meghan. And recent headlines amid Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral underscore how completely different Meghan is being treated to Queen Consort Camilla.
Before leaving the Royal Family, Meghan took legal action against Associated Newspapers Limited – owner of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday – and accused the company of running a three-year campaign of fabricated stories against her. She won the case in 2021. That same year, Meghan said tabloids should come with a “warning label like cigarettes do”. She also told Oprah Winfrey that the constant negative press coverage caused her to have suicidal thoughts.
“The press always likes to pick their favorites, they like to pick their villains,” Meinzer told Insider. “They pick sides and they’ve definitely made Meghan the villain of the moment. Sometimes that moment lasts for years. Hopefully it doesn’t last for decades.”
Meinzer is “really curious” to see how things will change over the next five to seven years as Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis grow up.
“Maybe the tabloids won’t be so interested in Meghan anymore,” Meinzer said. “We have, unfortunately, a very specific and ageist appetite for public figures in our world.”
“We’ve seen this across all entertainment industries,” she added. “And yes, the Royal Family – to some extent – is entertainment.”
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