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Striking Similarities between Meghan Markle and The Late Princess Diana

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By Tochukwu Nwokike

The news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stepping back as "senior" royals has reignited chat about Prince Harry's mum, Princess Diana. The royal couple has previously criticized the way they've been treated in the media.

In a statement last year, the prince compared the tabloid press's coverage of his wife to the way in which his mother was treated. Princess Diana was often written about in the newspapers - her charity work and her private life made headlines around the world.

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At the time, Prince Harry said the "ruthless campaign" against the Duchess of Sussex is "history repeating itself". "I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."

The claim came after the Mail on Sunday published a handwritten letter from Meghan to her father, Thomas Markle, sent shortly after she and Prince Harry got married in 2018. So how does Meghan's treatment compare to Princess Diana's? "Diana became a royal icon unlike any other.

She was globally recognized and internationally famous," royal author Katie Nicholl tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

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But, Katie adds, the attention she received wasn't always positive. "Diana was criticized in the press. She was the most famous person in the world and the paparazzi were a constant presence in the lives of Prince William and Harry". James Brookes, a journalist specializing in the Royal Family, agrees.

"At times she had a very good relationship with the press and they were on her side. At other times she complained about the media for being intrusive. It was a mixed relationship."

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Harry said of his late mother and I quote "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 backseat of the car."

Despite Prince Harry's statement in October 2019, Katie believes "Meghan isn't followed or chased by the paparazzi in the way Diana was".

However, she thinks the prince is clearly fed up with the stories which criticize Meghan.

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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."

She adds: "I think Meghan has come under just as much scrutiny as any other member of the Royal family. People ‎have short memories, but the Duchess of Cambridge also had a rough time in the tabloids."‎

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