Wimbledon concludes this weekend, the women’s singles final takes place this afternoon and the men’s singles final concludes the fortnightly tournament on Sunday. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge makes her second appearance at the annual competition to see Kazakh Elena Rybakina and Tunisian Ons Jabeur compete on the pitch. As royal patron of the All England Club, the Duchess is expected to return to present the winners’ trophies.
Normally the dress code for the annual tournament is formal attire.
One member, who has been with the club for 30 years, remarked, “She can’t wear jeans.”
As a result, Meghan was no longer allowed to sit in the exclusive enclosure.
The Duchess of Sussex was also criticized for her “self-centered paranoia” after her bodyguards were forced to urge tennis fans to stop taking pictures of the Queen.
Media consultant and journalist Sally Jones claimed one of Meghan’s security guards told her to stop photographing Meghan because she was attending Wimbledon in a “private capacity”.
Ms Jones, who was seated in the same row as Meghan, claimed she was unaware the Duchess was there trying to photograph Williams.
In a column for The Daily Telegraph about her experience, she wrote: “This puzzlingly arbitrary control mania is in direct contradiction to royal practice.
“Most members of the Queen’s extended family who appear in public, whether in a public or private capacity, are generally neither surprised nor offended to be scrutinized or photographed by a predominantly benevolent audience who are concerned about a chance encounter with nor less royal lights pleased.
“As a journalist I have covered dozens of ‘royal rotas’ over the years, from the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana and Prince Edward’s first appearance as a Cambridge student on an archaeological dig in the Roman city of Wroxeter to his own wedding at Windsor Castle.
“I have often witnessed the sheer joy that comes from being so close to royalty among ordinary people.”
Ms Jones went on to claim Meghan’s royal protection officer told her not to take pictures of the duchess, an order she described as “insane”.
She told the Telegraph: “I think this Royal Guard was quite embarrassed.
“He seemed a little confused as to why he was being asked to make such a request.
“I told him it was crazy and that even if I had tried to photograph the Duchess I would have gotten a blurry picture of her right ear.
“Aside from everything else, hundreds of people clicked away.
“I said to him; Have you ever considered talking to one of those TV cameras? He looked a little uncomfortable.”
Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement at the time that Meghan was attending Wimbledon.
And after their match, Williams told reporters that she wasn’t aware “that there is negative media out there” regarding Meghan’s visit.
The All England Club also said in a statement to The Times: “Any suggestion that the Duchess’ visit was anything other than a privilege for the club is categorically not the club’s view and she is always welcome to attend the Championships. “