A Wimbledon spectator who was accused of invading Meghan Markle’s privacy after taking a selfie says he did not know she was there.
Hasan Hasanov, 58, was confronted by Meghan’s minder after he stuck his phone in front of her while taking a selfie at the tennis tournament.
Meghan and two pals made a surprise appearance at Wimbledon’s Court One last week to watch fellow American Serena Williams, a friend of the Duchess, play Kaja Juvan.
Hasan was asked to respect Meghan’s privacy when a minder mistakenly thought he was photographing the Duchess.
However, it turned out he was actually taking a selfie, a copy of which he shared with The Sun.
He told the newspaper: “I honestly couldn’t really care less about taking a picture of Meghan, Harry or any of the royals — and, if I did, I’d ask first.
“I was much more interested in getting a video of Roger Federer in action.”
The Wimbledon superfan, originally from Azerbaijan, queued from 5am to get a place on court one – and described the seat he got as the best in his 15 years of attending the tournament.
He decided to take a selfie to make his wife jealous for not joining him in his early morning ticket quest.
When Meghan’s minder told him ‘please give them privacy’, he assumed the officer was talking about taking pictures of the players.
He finally realised he had been sitting just metres away from the Duchess when his daughter sent him a picture of The Sun’s front page story about the royal picture ban.
Despite the telling off, Hasan, who has been living in London for 20 years, says he is still fond of the royal family.
He told The Sun: “I won’t be getting cross about this because — to be honest — I had no idea what was going on until days later.”
Meghan’s security guard also told Sally Jones, who was sat on the same row as the Duchess, not to take pictures of her during the match.
However, the former BBC sports presenter said that – just like Hasan – she had not seen the Duchess and was actually taking pictures of Serena Williams.