Meghan Markle said she spoke to one of Diana’s friends about the pressures of
joining the Royal Family, “because it’s like who else could understand what it’s actually like on the inside?”
Similarities were drawn between their experiences of being in the Royal Family.
Prince Harry said he had feared history was “repeating itself” before he and
Meghan stepped back from their roles as senior royals.
Princess Diana was considered to be one of the most famous women in the world and
often written about in the newspapers – with both her charity work and private life making headlines.
“Diana became a royal icon unlike any other. She was globally recognised and
internationally famous,” royal author Katie Nicholl tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
In later years Diana gave personal interviews to the press that led some to
say she was encouraging the publicity and attention.
Meghan shut down her personal blog when she joined the Royal Family and
the majority of her interviews before this one were about her charity work.
Although Katie points out some people believe Meghan and Harry are contradicting themselves.
Some people say Meghan should expect attention because, unlike Princess Diana, she was a celebrity before marrying Harry. That’s something Katie disagrees with.
“I think even though she had a celebrity lifestyle before, I don’t think it compares
to being in the Royal Family.
“Yes she had celebrity status but she wasn’t an A-list actress, like Angelina Jolie or
Nicole Kidman. She’s said this herself, she’s never experienced this level of public scrutiny.”
Princess Diana’s death and the paparazzi
“Wherever she went there were huge amounts of journalists and photographers
covering her every move,” says James Brookes.
James believes Prince Harry’s opinion of the media goes back to when Princess Diana died.
Princess Diana died in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris on 31 August 1997.
Prince Harry was 12 at the time.
The driver – Henri Paul – had been drinking and the car was being followed
by paparazzi on motorbikes.
An inquest later found Diana had been unlawfully killed as result of the
“gross negligence” of the driver and the paparazzi.
In a 2017 BBC documentary, Prince Harry spoke about his mother’s death and the role of the paparazzi.
“I think one of the hardest things to come to terms with, is the fact that, the people
that chased her into the tunnel, were the same people taking photographs of her dying on the back seat of the car.”