Living a life where the entire world looks at you through a non-stop lens of curiosity would be tough on anybody, especially newlywed royals Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who have the entire weight of representing a country on their shoulders. However, as happy and confident as they may be, there’s one aspect of royal life they’re not too pleased with—and they’ve appeared to make it known.
Meghan and Prince Harry attended the WellChild Awards on Tuesday afternoon, where the duo helped honor ill children and their caregivers. (And because we know you’re curious, Markle wore an all-black look with an Altuzarra pantsuit and black silk top by Deitas.) The event went by without a hitch, especially when the couple talked to Mckenzie Brackley, one of the children who received an award for his fight with acute flaccid paralysis. According to a field report by the Daily Mail, during a standard photo op between Brackley and the royals, the youngster apparently expressed dismay that so many cameras were around, saying how he doesn’t like being photographed. And what do you know? The feeling was mutual among the trio.
"They were so lovely,” Brackley’s mother told the Daily Mail. “They knew [Mckenzie] was scared of the cameras and they said they didn’t like the cameras either so they turned around. They said he was amazing and to keep going the way he is going and told him to look after me.” Despite their aversion to the cameras, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex socialized with the children for well over two hours with lenses snapping away—Meghan even handed out peonies to everyone—with Harry capping off the afternoon with a lovely speech. “I’m especially grateful to be able to share the scope and magnitude of this work with my wife who joins me here this evening,” he said.
Harry has long been a vocal critic of paparazzi, where he has taken on an unusually public stance—for the royal family, that is—about their methodology of doing anything for a profitable photo. This comes, of course, as Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, was killed following a paparazzi chase in Paris in 1997, a traumatic event that Harry and his brother, Prince William, rarely discuss.