People Won't Stop Flying Drones Over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's House
Things are getting out of hand.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be self-quarantining at the moment, but that doesn't mean that they're not getting unwanted guests. According to the Daily Beast, the former senior royals have reported rogue drones over their home at least five times, with an incident happening as recently as Memorial Day weekend.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department's records, incidents took place on May 9, 19, 20, 21, and 25. In regards to the Memorial Day event, an LAPD spokesperson stated that "a drone was flying over residences" and that it was part of "an ongoing drone issue." Though it hasn't been confirmed that the drones are being controlled by paparazzi, photographers are a likely suspect.
Marie Claire adds that drones managed to snap pictures of Archie poolside over the weekend and in previous episodes, Meghan and Harry outside of their home with their dog. Paparazzi or not, sources say that because of Meghan and Harry's special situation — connected to royalty, and all — the drones are being treated as a terrorist threat.
"They see these drones coming in at them, and they guess that they are being operated by photographers, but they can't just assume that," a source close to Meghan and Harry — identified simply as a "friend" — told the Daily Beast. "Meghan received racist death threats at the time of her wedding, so the terror threat is very real for them."
Meghan and Harry do have a security team in place, The Sun adds. Currently, the team is the same one that usually works at their home, which is owned by Tyler Perry. Meghan and Harry are looking for a new team, however, and are in the process of hiring.
The Daily Beast's source notes that while celebrities taking issue with paparazzi is nothing new, having a child involved should make even the most cynical people reconsider any sort of "they're asking for it" stance.
"Imagine if you were in their shoes facing that, how that would feel?" the friends added. "To have drones buzzing around 20 feet above your head when you are trying to play with your son?"