Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, centre, on Court Number One to watch United States' Serena Williams play Slovenia's Kaja Juvan. Picture: AP
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, centre, on Court Number One to watch United States' Serena Williams play Slovenia's Kaja Juvan. Picture: AP

Oscar winner blasts ‘tacky’ Meghan

Tatum O'Neal has today blasted Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, over the Wimbledon photo row - labelling her "tacky".

The Sun reports the American actress and former wife of tennis star John McEnroe said she was gobsmacked to hear the Duchess' minder had warned tennis fans from taking her picture - saying the royal was there "in a private capacity".

O'Neal, whose parents are American actors Ryan O'Neal and Joanna Moore, said she had hoped the 37-year-old royal would be the "next Princess Diana" but had been left disappointed by the latest claims.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain, the 55-year-old said: "If you think of Princess Diana, and how absolutely inclusive she was, and she would never turn anyone away. I had so much hope for Meghan - I wanted her to be the next Princess Diana.

"It seems like it's all about her. It's really upsetting me."

 

Actor Tatum O'Neal. Picture: Supplied
Actor Tatum O'Neal. Picture: Supplied

 

And O'Neal pointed out that Meghan was no longer an actor, but a royal.

"To have a bodyguard to muscle somebody out, I just think it's so tacky," she said.

O'Neal also contrasted Meghan to sister-in-law Kate, saying the Duchess of Cambridge "gets" what it means to be a royal.

Actor Ryan O'Neal and daughter Tatum. Picture: Supplied
Actor Ryan O'Neal and daughter Tatum. Picture: Supplied

 

Tatum O'Neal, then 10, holds her Oscar for Paper Moon. Picture: Supplied
Tatum O'Neal, then 10, holds her Oscar for Paper Moon. Picture: Supplied

Kate, 37, last week shunned the Royal Box for seats on Court 14 - sticking to the players' dress code of white and chatting cheerfully with friends.

Meanwhile, Meghan's outfit for Wimbledon, including jeans with a white jacket, has drawn criticism as she was sat in the exclusive members' section, which normally has a dress code banning denim.

Tatum O’Neal says that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex could learn something from Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. Picture: Getty
Tatum O’Neal says that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex could learn something from Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. Picture: Getty

The All England Club declined to comment, saying she was "perfectly well dressed" for the event.

She sat in an exclusive area of the crowd and was separated from other fans by rows of empty seats.

Club sources have said Meghan was a "nightmare" to accommodate with her casual outfit and "self-regarding paranoia".

One official told The Times: "It was a nightmare, she was a nightmare.

"She wanted to come incognito but there were problems."

Tennis Ace John McEnroe, (R) with his then wife, actress Tatum O'Neal in 1986. Picture: AP
Tennis Ace John McEnroe, (R) with his then wife, actress Tatum O'Neal in 1986. Picture: AP

The photo scandal emerged yesterday after Sally Jones, who was sitting in the same row as Meghan, wrote that she had been asked by a protection officer to not take photos of the duchess.

"I think this royal protection officer was quite embarrassed. He appeared a bit mystified as to why he was being asked to make such a request," she wrote. "I said to him, 'Have you thought about having a word with any of the television cameras?' He looked a little uncomfortable."

Actor Tatum O'Neal with tennis playing husband John McEnroe at Kooyong in 1985. Picture: Peter Bull
Actor Tatum O'Neal with tennis playing husband John McEnroe at Kooyong in 1985. Picture: Peter Bull

It comes after Meghan and Harry held a private christening for their son Archie at Windsor Castle last weekend amid a blaze of controversy.

The new parents chose to withhold the names of the godparents of the seventh in line to the throne and only release pictures to the media afterwards.

Archie’s official christening photograph supplied by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Picture: Getty
Archie’s official christening photograph supplied by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Picture: Getty

Critics were unimpressed with the decision, pointing to recent news that the couple spent £2.4m of taxpayers' money refurbishing their Frogmore Cottage home.

Their five-bedroom property - a gift from the Queen - is said to have required a "substantial overhaul" before they were able to move in, including new heating, wiring and utilities.

Frogmore Cottage, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Picture: Supplied
Frogmore Cottage, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Picture: Supplied

The Sun understands it has been Harry pushing to keep all details kept private.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: "It is not unusual for people accompanying Members of the Royal Family at private, or public, engagements to ask members of the public not to take photographs.

"This is to enable Members of the Royal Family to properly engage with people and events."

 

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission


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