Meghan Markle's lawyer hits back back at one of public's biggest 'Sussexit' criticisms insisting they never 'took a vow of silence'

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry never intended to take a 'vow of silence' after leaving the UK, their lawyer has insisted

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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Meghan Markle's lawyer has spoken out to insist the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not take a 'vow of silence' when they left the royal family to begin their new life in the USA.

  • Lawyer Jenny Afia appeared in BBC documentary The Princes and The Press which was aired on the BBC this week.
  •  Featuring in the TV project, with permission from Meghan, Jenny hit back at claims Harry and Meghan left the royal spotlight to lead a private life away from fame. 
  • This royal news comes after it was revealed that Prince William is 'frustrated' with the BBC for 'helping' with production of The Crown season five

Since stepping away from their senior roles in The Firm back in 2020, Meghan and Harry have started fresh careers in the Hollywood spotlight, appearing in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, acting as guests James Corden's and Ellen DeGeneres' chat shows and signing lucrative media deals with the likes of Spotify and Netflix. 

And in the wake of their success across the pond, the star couple have faced backlash from the public, with some royal fans criticizing them for enjoying their new-found LA attention and speaking out about their struggles within the royal fold, despite wanting to leave the limelight in the UK. 

Now, Meghan's lawyer has hit back at the remarks, claiming that Harry and Meghan never promised the world they would live in silence when they moved to California. 

When asked what the Sussexes "really want when it comes to privacy" during an interview in the documentary, Jenny Afia said, "It's not them who have said they want privacy. They have taken steps when there have been blatant violations of privacy. 

"Of course, they have challenged it. Because that's in line with their values.

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"That doesn't mean, just because you assert your human rights that you then become some kind of Trappist monk, take a vow of silence and you’re not allowed to discuss anything," added.

"That's not how privacy works. Privacy is about the right to own and control what personal information you choose to share with somebody."

Caitlin Elliott
Caitlin Elliott

Caitlin is Junior News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. 

Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry). 

After leaving uni, she dabbled in fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team at Future for her first real job in the world of online journalism, joining the ranks as a Digital Writer in 2019. 

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