Meghan Markle’s Photos restricted from being used to promote friend’s business
Written by olucapri on January 5, 2020
Alex Jones, Head of PR at Hallam, made a comment with Express.co.uk a while back that “Meghan is blurring the line between being a celebrity and a member of the family”.
“For Meghan the celebrity, any connection with fashion designers isn’t damaging, as people associate her with her high-fashion and style.”
This was a development after a friend of the Duchess of Sussex, designer Jennifer Meyer, was reportedly told by Buckingham Palace to stop using images of Meghan to promote her jewellery.
Ms Meyer had published on her Instagram page over the past months some pictures of Meghan, taken during official engagements, wearing her jewels.
Some of the addressed photographs was the one dated May 8, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced their son Archie to the world from the walls of Windsor Castle.
The pictures have been deleted.
The Royal Family has strict rules when it comes to the use of images of their members, gathered in the ‘Guidance on the use of royal arms, names and images’ booklet.
Guidelines regarding the use of imageries of royals to advertise products read: “The Advertising Standards Authority issues specific guidelines which cover the use of Royal Images in advertising, but generally, except when advertising a book, newspaper article or magazine article about a Member of the Royal Family, Royal Images may not be used for advertising purposes in any medium.”
“A firm’s advertisement may not include photographs of Members of the Royal Family visiting their works or exhibition stands, or being publicly involved with their goods or services.”
“Such matters may then be referred to the Advertising Standards Authority or the Director General of Fair Trading under the control of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 or the Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008.”