On August 31st 1997, Princess Diana infamously died in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, France when the limousine driver was trying to flee aggressive paparazzi and the car crashed, tragically taking her life.
Nobody knows the aggression of paparazzi quite like celebrities do but in a lot of ways; the mainstream media treat many famous people as if they’re cattle, metaphorically chasing them to improve their ratings.
Actress Meghan Markle, who recently became a princess after marrying Prince Harry of Sussex, has been dealing with similar aggressive media. And President Trump just gave Princess Markle some wise sage advice about the media.
Meghan Markle is officially royalty now and that means it comes with a lot of attention. It actually comes with a lot of unwanted attention, but she doesn’t really have any choice in the matter.
The media clamors over everything the Royal family does and what they do is always a big story. If they spit on a sidewalk then you’d better believe it would be front-page headlines on every newspaper throughout the U.K. the next day.
Princess Markle made headlines on October 18th when ITV’s Tom Bradby interviewed her about the intense media spotlight she’s always in. Bradby bluntly and surprisingly asked her if she was okay.
The most striking part of the interview was when Bradby asked her that question; Princess Markle was clearly taken aback by it.
She calmly answered the question about the media’s intensity but also thanked him saying, “And also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
You can watch her reaction here:
“Not many people have asked if I’m ok … it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
— ITV News (@itvnews) October 18, 2019
But President Trump was even more sympathetic saying in a radio interview with LBC’s Nigel Farage on Thursday saying that Prince Harry and Princess Markle are taking criticism from the press too seriously.
He told Farage, “I guess you’ve got to be a little bit different than that but she takes it very personally and I can understand it. But I don’t know her.”
Trump added about Harry and the whole Royal family, “He’s a great young man. The whole family is terrific, it’s a great family.”
Nobody knows this better than President Trump. And nobody knows how to manipulate the media quite like Trump either. He knows what he’s talking about.
Trump also added when he sat next to her at a state dinner at the Buckingham Palace, “I sat next to her, and she was smiling and having a good time and I was smiling and having a good time. It was really a great evening and I was told that she enjoyed it and I can tell you I enjoyed it.”
And all of this is undeniably reminiscent of the way the media – even if it was specifically a subsection of the media with paparazzi – is shameless with how they try to get their stories. It’s gross and embarrassing.
Every celebrity should take Trump’s advice on this issue. Learn to control them in your favor and not the other way around.