Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles photographers after drones were allegedly used to take pictures of their son Archie.
Filed on Thursday to the LA County Superior Court, the complaint alleges that photographers captured pictures of the 14-month-old at the Sussexes’ Beverly Hills home during lockdown.
The invasion of privacy lawsuit is against unnamed defendants and references California’s laws that make photographing or filming someone in their home illegal.
The state was the first to introduce laws reining in paparazzi in 1998, in response to the death of the duke’s mum Princess Diana, who was killed in Paris the year before.
But as the couple – who stepped down as senior royals in March, initially moving to Vancouver Island in Canada – don’t know the identities of the snappers, the suit would allow them to target anyone circulating the images.
Meghan and Harry’s lawyer Michael J. Kump said: “Every individual and family member in California is guaranteed by law the right to privacy in their home. No drones, helicopters or telephoto lenses can take away that right.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are filing this lawsuit to protect their young son’s right to privacy in their home without intrusion by photographers, and to uncover and stop those who seek to profit from these illegal actions.”
The suit claims the family has been the victim of drones, photographers and helicopters since their move, with holes even being cut in their security fences.
Meghan and Harry announced in January they would be ‘abdicating’ from the Royal Family and splitting their time between the UK and North America.
Harry has said the decision was made to protect Archie, while the couple plan to become financially independent.
The Duchess of Sussex hit out at the treatment by “those in the corridors of power” in her first speech since quitting her role in the royal family.
In a pre-recorded video earlier this month, Meghan spoke to the Girl Up 2020 Leadership Summit, as part of a session called “The Time Is Now”.
Speaking from her Los Angeles home, Meghan, 38, said: “I want to share something with you.
“It’s that those in the halls and corridors and places of power, from lawmakers and world leaders to executives, all of those people, they depend on you more than you will ever depend on them.
“And here’s the thing: they know this.
“They know that all of you, at a younger age than any modern comparison, are setting the tone for an equitable humanity. Not figuratively, literally.
“This is a humanity that desperately needs you.
“To push it, to push us, forcefully in a more inclusive, more just, and more empathetic direction.”