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Tatum O'Neal slams Meghan Markle as 'tacky' Duchess amid no-photo row at Wimbledon

Tatum O'Neal slammed the Duchess of Sussex as 'tacky' today after bodyguards warned tennis fans not to take pictures of her during a Wimbledon trip.

The actress said she had hoped her fellow American would be 'the next Princess Diana' after she married Prince Harry, but said it now seemed 'like it's all about her'.

Meghan is at the centre of a row over whether her visit to Court 1 on Thursday with friends was 'in a private capacity' as there were 12,000 people inside the arena.

She was branded a 'control freak' after Sally Jones revealed she was warned about taking pictures of Meghan by an 'embarrassed' bodyguard.

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O'Neal appeared on Good Morning Britain to talk about her Hollywood career as an actress and relationships with tennis great John McEnroe and Michael Jackson.

During the show, presenter Piers Morgan asked O'Neal for her thoughts on the Meghan row and the effects of being thrust into the public eye.

Child star O'Neal, 54, accused Meghan of failing in her role as a royal while praising Kate Middleton for 'getting it'.

She told Piers and fellow presenter Susanna Reid: 'To have a bodyguard muscle somebody out I just think is so tacky.

'It's so upsetting to me because if you think about Princess Diana and how absolutely inclusive she was and how she would never turn anyone anyway, and I just had so much hope for Meghan, I wanted her to be the next Princess Diana and it seems like it's all about her and it's really upsetting me.

'I'm sorry Harry because I love Harry. You're now one of the people, you're a royal, you're not an actor.'

'If you get the ring reset and you do a $400,000 renovation and you do the private jet to New York for the party; it's not Diana. This is not Diana, this is something else. I don't know what it is.'

Tatum added: 'I think Kate really gets it. She gets the lack of privacy and I hope they [the couples] are not fighting.

'Can you imagine though, it seems to me they could not be nicer people, how do you not get along with Kate and William? They are so nice.'

Mrs Jones, who first revealed the bodyguard's request for no photos, said said she was utterly confused when a royal protection officer told her: 'Would you not take photographs of the Duchess. She's here in a private capacity.'

She told Good Morning Britain today: 'I was trying to take pictures of Serena Williams… the next thing a little tap on the shoulder.

'A very, very polite royal protection officer said, "Would you kindly not take pictures of the Duchess she's here in a private capacity". I was gobsmacked and thought, "gosh have I upset people?"

'Then suddenly I felt not angry but, a bit bemused, I almost burst out laughing… I didn't have a single shot of Meghan and if I had taken one it would have been a blurry shot of her left ear.'

The former BBC sports reporter added: 'I'm a great fan of the royals... Two days earlier the Duchess of Cambridge had also been watching, also from that court, no fuss.'

Sally concluded: 'I was just astounded that with 200 people taking the picture from up her nose that somebody right along the row, not even taking her picture, should get a tap on the shoulder.'

Meghan, who has been cruelly dubbed a 'pushy princess' by some, was spotted on the iconic Court One on Thursday, cheering on her close friend Serena.

But it would appear that one seat was not enough for the 37-year-old as four rows - and as many as 40 seats - surrounding her were kept empty by her security detail while VIPs were left queuing outside.

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My view: Meghan Markle is lucky that she's married to Prince Harry, as she has become very famous now, unlike when she was an unknown actress and no one was interested in her pictures then. She's just being arrogant.

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