Opinion

Privacy Isn’t a Privilege, It’s a Right

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Shouldn’t Have to Cater to the Public

By: Brielle Sparacino

Credit: Vanityfair.com

Despite serving a decade in the British Army and embodying the same philanthropic spirit as his mother, Prince Harry’s love life has always received the most attention.

Harry has been labeled a ‘playboy’ by the media in the past, especially after the breakup of his former longtime girlfriend Chelsy Davy, but has since redeemed himself with his recent engagement to Meghan Markle, a U.S. actress, model and humanitarian.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have, since their wedding, lived a pretty private lifestyle for a royal family, and it is only right that Prince Harry and his bride-to-be are given the same respect despite the reasons the media would use to deem a privacy invasion acceptable.

Markle is different from past royal family members in a number of ways which make her an easier target for scrutiny, one of which is her being an actress on a highly-viewed American show.

According to an article on Markle on the Biography website, the Los Angeles, California native, graduated from Northwestern University in 2003 with a double major in Theater and International Relations and appeared in several TV series before being given the role of Rachel Zane in the TV drama, “Suits”, which initially aired in 2011.

Because Markle is currently an actress and an activist fighting for equal rights in the public eye, she has and will continue to attract more publicity purely due to her career choice.

Although she intends on giving up acting, she could still be subjected to even further scrutiny when she becomes part of the royal family based on the course of action of her humanitarian projects alone.

While Markle will be the first formerly divorced American princess of this century after ending a two year marriage to producer Trevor Engelson from 2011-2013, she isn’t the only one in British history.

According to an article by ABC news, Wallis Simpson was an American woman who was married to her second husband at the time she met King Edward VIII.

Simpson and King Edward married in June of 1937, even though Simpson wasn’t officially divorced until May of that year.

Since both of her previous husbands were still alive, Edward was required to abdicate the throne as the consequence.

The article also states: It wasn’t until 2002 that the Church of England officially approved a rule change to allow divorcees with living spouses to remarry, according to British newspaper The Telegraph.”

Unfortunately, this new rule hasn’t stopped certain members of the media like Melanie McDonagh, a contributor to the British Magazine The Spectator, from already attacking Markle for being divorced.

An article from The Huffington Post showcased a tweet from The Spectator’s Twitter page on November 27, which linked McDonagh’s article that said, “Meghan Markle is unsuitable as Prince Harry’s wife for the same reason that Wallis Simpson was unsuitable: she’s divorced and Harry’s grandmother is supreme governor of the CofE.”

These kinds of comments are bound to arrive in swarms in the months leading up to the royal wedding.

Markle is also biracial, having been born to an African-American mother and a Caucasian father, and that is yet another excuse for the media to invade her’s and Prince Harry’s privacy.

Markle will be the first biracial princess in this century, however, an article in The Washington Post states, “Some historians suspect that Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III who bore the king 15 children, was of African descent,” proving that this kind of situation has happened in history before.

Regardless, that hasn’t stopped racist Twitter “trolls” from making inappropriate remarks, according to a recent Teen Vogue article. It is no secret that racism still exists, and the Prince’s recent engagement will only add fuel to the media fire.

It’s a different and more easily understood story if the media wants to report on positive news regarding the new royal couple in the future, such as a humanitarian act, but lately, they have both been targeted for unnecessary reasons.

The only viable and logical solution to a stress-free, private lifestyle for Harry and Markle is to leave them be.

The media should focus on their milestones, accomplishments and kindness towards the rest of the world.

Bringing up an old divorce or the fact that Markle isn’t purely of Caucasian descent is and should not be groundbreaking news.

Prince Harry and Markle both seem happy, excited and in love, and the media should focus their attention elsewhere.

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