When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they were stepping away from their duties as senior members of the royal family in favor of living more private lives, they surely believed that media attention surrounding them would die down. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case and the couple is now filing suit in their new home of Los Angeles, California, against unspecified paparazzi who are accused of violating the Sussex family’s privacy.
Filed on Thursday in L.A. County Superior Court, the suit alleges that within hours of moving into their new home, photographers camped outside. Wanting more privacy for themselves and their 14-month-old child Archie, Harry and Meghan went so far as installing a huge mesh fence.
“Some paparazzi and media outlets have flown drones a mere 20 feet above the house, as often as three times a day, to obtain photographs of the couple and their young son in their private residence,” according to the lawsuit. Additionally, helicopters fly over the house frequently and people have even cut the mesh privacy fence in the hopes of getting a shot of the royals.
Now, someone is attempting to sell photos of Archie and the couple is not having it. The unnamed photographer is claiming that the pictures were taken in public, which Harry and Meghan say is an outright lie.
In California, it is illegal to take photos of individuals “engaging in a private, personal, or familial activity, through the use of any device, regardless of whether there is a physical trespass.” The outcome of this lawsuit proves to be an important turning point in Harry and Meghan’s attempt at a new life in the U.S.