The biggest story out of this year’s Wimbledon hasn’t been 15-year-old Coco Gauff’s incredible win over veteran Venus Williams (although WOW!) or the build-up to the highly anticipated match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (DVR is set). Instead, the tennis competition has been overrun with stories about Meghan Markle’s appearance and her reported demand that no other attendees take her photo. Yes, we know, Wimbledon is viewed by millions of people around the world on TV and is filled with professional photographers. We never said the request made sense.
The Duchess of Sussex attended Wimbledon with two friends, marking one of the first occasions the new mom has been away from baby Archie. Markle was at Wimbledon in order to cheer on her longtime friend Serena Williams, finding a spot with her small entourage in the VIP section, where 40 seats remained empty in order to give the women some privacy. Markle’s security team reportedly requested that those in the stadium refrain from snapping pics of the royal.
Soon after Meghan’s arrival, an image of a man who looked to be attempting to take a picture of Markle went viral, with Markle’s security team seen intervening and sending the man away.
But now thanks to cutting edge technology, also know as ‘zoom,’ we can see that the man was actually taking…a selfie. It’s 2019. Always assume someone is taking a selfie.
Hasan Hasanov told The Sun that he had lined up at 5 a.m. that morning for tickets and was delighted when he scored a seat so close to the court for only £25. “It seemed crazy to me because all I did was take a selfie to send to my wife. I was in the best seat I’d ever had in 15 years of queuing up for Wimbledon and wanted to show off because she didn’t get out of bed to join me.”
The tennis fan was trying to show off his enviable seat when Markle’s team intervened, thinking Hasan was trying to take a picture of the Duchess. Hasan said he didn’t realize he was standing in front of Markle and thought the bodyguards were employed by Wimbledon and were asking him to not photograph the players with their shirts off. “I honestly couldn’t really care less about taking a picture of Meghan, Harry or any of the royals — and, if I did, I’d ask first,” said Hasan. “I was much more interested in getting a video of Roger Federer in action.”
Markle has received a lot of backlash for what tennis fans are saying was childish behaviour, but Hasan is not one of her critics. “I know lots of people would like to get pictures of Meghan and I know people get cross when she gets upset because she’s a public figure,” said Hasan. “I won’t be getting cross about this because — to be honest — I had no idea what was going on until days later. And I’ll stay a fan of the royals.”
As they say in tennis, that’s Love.