Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are facing criticism on social media after the pair decided to bring along a personal photographer to document their latest efforts volunteering at a Hollywood-favorite charity in Los Angeles.
According to the Daily Express, the organization, called Baby2Baby, had updated its social media pages with photos of the duke and duchess while volunteering. However, royal watchers were quick to note that the photos — which captured the Sussexes handing out diapers and school supplies to children and families — were credited to Christian Monterrosa for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“This may not strike royal reporters as strange, but it’s incredibly odd for a Hollywood celebrity to bring their own photographer to an event like this and embargo the release… this reeks of self promotion,” tweeted U.S.-based Twitter user @UKRoyalTea.
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They also noted that it was interesting that the duke and duchess had decided to focus on an organization that already had much support from Hollywood’s elite — suggesting that a desire to strengthen their connection to Tinseltown may have factored into their charitable focus.
“Baby2Baby is one of the MOST celebrity heavy charities in LA,” they wrote.
They added that while the work provided by the organization was “amazing,” its program was nevertheless the “social event of the year” for Hollywood moms.
“A savvy, but transparent move. Also, it’s tacky to openly bring your own photographer to a volunteer opportunity.”
It was not just royal fans who appeared to see the maneuver in a negative light. VIP photographer Jesal Parshotam — who had taken photos of the former actress during her Suits days — also had some choice words for the couple.
“When performing a selfless act / partaking in charity work it is essential to have a photographer there. Otherwise, how would everyone know about your selfless act?” Parshotam commented in a tweet that can be viewed here.
Critics of the couple were also quick to point out that Prince Harry had previously discussed how he found paparazzi pictures to be distressing enough to trigger traumatizing memories of his mother, Princess Diana’s death.
In an interview conducted last while the pair were on tour in Africa, he claimed that “every single time” he sees a camera or hears it click, he feels the pain of his mother’s memory, as quoted by Business Insider.
The couple had previously made headlines this week following reports that they had discovered their permanent home in Santa Barbara, as was previously reported by The Inquisitr. The neighborhood, located around 90 miles from Los Angeles, boasts famous industry leaders such as Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres as residents.