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.
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.
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A spectator taking a selfie while Meghan’s personal assistant (dressed in white), raises her hand, in an attempt to stop pictures being taken of the Duchess of Sussex
A member of the royal security team (pictured) then asked the man not to take any pictures near her amid claims a number of people were warned off
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.
Tatum O’Neal slammed the Duchess of Sussex as ‘tacky’ on Good Morning Britain today after bodyguards warned tennis fans not to take pictures of her during a Wimbledon trip
The man spoken to by the bodyguard was taking a selfie with the famous tennis court in the background, which was clearly shown on the screen of his mobile phone
Meghan Markle claps and cheers Serena Williams on Court 1 at Wimbledon on Thursday but her team insists she was there in a private capacity amid a row over spectators being warned by her security not to take pictures
Sally Jones, pictured at Wimbledon this week, was upset after being asked not to take pictures in the direction of the royal – but she was taking this picture of Serena Williams (right) and had no clue Meghan was there
‘Diana got on with it’: Princess of Wales’ ex-bodyguard Ken Wharfe says Meghan ‘cannot have privacy at a public event’
Princess Diana’s bodyguard has claimed that the Duchess of Sussex should not expect any privacy at public events like Wimbledon following her photo row.
Ken Wharfe, who served as the Princess of Wales’ royal protection officer, said Diana expected to be photographed wherever she went and simply accepted it as part of her role.
He told This Morning: ‘If I got involved in photographers taking pictures of Diana I would have been chasing photographers all around Wimbledon and around the world.
‘Meghan Markle can never have privacy at a public event such as this.
‘To me, it looks like the bodyguard got slightly overzealous and that’s made it worse.
‘Diana got on and lived with it, this is what royals do. It appears to me that the bodyguard took it upon himself to deal with it. She would never have given that sort of instruction herself.
‘People at Wimbledon are decent people and they see a global celebrity and take a photograph; it isn’t life threatening.’
‘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.
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 and her friends (far right, centre of picture) watched the match from an area largely cleared of other spectators
Mrs Jones said the move was ‘another example of silly control freakery’, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were engulfed in a row over hiding the names of their son Archie’s baptism and keeping the public away from the Windsor ceremony on Saturday.
She added: ‘I’m a royalist but everyone is getting more and more fed up with Harry and Meghan’s approach.
‘The photograph incident is the latest in a long list of things such as the confusion over when Meghan went into Labour where she had the baby and more recently the secrecy over the names of the godparents.
‘It’s all completely unnecessary and they are trying to score points’.
Flanked by her two closest friends, Genevieve Hillis Lindsay Roth, Meghan turned up in blue jeans to take her place in the exclusive members’ section where there is normally a strict dress code banning denim.
However, the All England Club refused to comment on the dress code for that section and merely insisted she was ‘perfectly well dressed’.