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Harry and Meghan Get a Surprising Cheerleader in Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian recently gave an interview where she talked in-depth about her feelings regarding the royal family. Specifically, she had a lot to say about Harry and Meghan.

It turns out that she’s a big fan of royal gossip–and she has a thoughtful, nuanced opinion about the Sussexes’ battle with the press. Who knew that Kim held such depths?

Queen of America?

In America, we’re always trying to find our own “royal family.” We looked to the Kennedys as American royalty, but these days the closest thing to the monarchy might just be the Kardashians.

They’re rich, beautiful (or at least very carefully curated), and influential. You could even make an argument that they have more political and social power than the House of Windsor, given the way Kim has been pushing for prison reform legislation and whatever is going on with Kanye’s Sunday Services.

In any case, while Kim was being interviewed for The Sunday Project in Australia over the weekend, she revealed her thoughts on how Harry and Meghan are treated by the press.

“I think everyone has their own journey,” Kim began. “I think their journey is extremely personal, with what [Harry’s] mother experienced and how her life was so affected by the spotlight and by paparazzi.”

Two Princes Vs. The Press

Harry and William have had a sour relationship with the press ever since their mother’s death in 1997, when she was in a car accident caused (at least in part) by a pursuing photographer. While William has largely avoided engaging with the press, other than the time he sued a French tabloid for publishing topless photos of Kate, Harry has decided to take on the tabloids directly.

The lawsuit filed by Harry and Meghan’s lawyers (they chose a private firm rather than using the Palace lawyers) is a bold move against the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, two of the worst offenders when it comes to writing nasty stories about Meghan.

Kim’s Empathy

Kim went on to say, “I don’t think anyone can really understand what that’s like except for them. But I think as I’m older and as I have kids, and what I would want for them is just the safest place. I can definitely empathize with their need for having a secure, safe place and taking time for themselves and having privacy when they need it.”

Privacy is one thing in short supply for both the Sussexes and the Kardashian-Wests. We’re so used to having access to celebrities on social media, where they bare everything from their bodies to their closets to their souls.

Kim is absolutely right that famous folks deserve privacy and safety. But if that means denying fans the access they crave–and, in some cases, feel entitled to have–then can these mega-stars maintain their fame? Balancing privacy and publicity is something that every celebrity struggles with, and it’s interesting to see that Kim Kardashian has more in common with a British Prince than we knew.

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