If someone was to put together a list of the most recognizable faces in the world, the Kardashians and the Royal Family would be on it, if not close to or at the top.
The royals aren’t necessarily celebrities – though they are famous – and Kim Kardashian isn’t a royal – though she is the Queen of reality television. But they are all no strangers to dealing with an extreme amount of interest in their lives – sometimes to the point of intrusion and privacy violations.
Australian journalist Lisa Wilkinson seemed to recognize that overlap during an interview with Kim this past week.
“I’m trying to work out who is the most famous family in the world,” she said to the business mogul. “I think it sat as a toss-up between the British royals and the Kardashians.”
After Kim chuckled, Lisa then asked the woman Vogue once called a “pop culture phenomenon” if she felt “some sympathy for what Harry and Meghan are going through” with the press.
“I think everyone has their own journey,” Kim said. “I think their journey is extremely personal, with – you know, what his mother experienced and how her life was so affected by the spotlight and by paparazzi.”
Kim later thought of her own role as the mother of North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm and put herself in their shoes, thinking about what she would want for her children if she was receiving that kind of press scrutiny.
“I don’t think anyone can really understand what that’s like except for them,” she continued. “But I think as I’m older and as I have kids, 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.”
Harry and Meghan are currently on a six-week extended break from royal duties following the airing of a documentary filmed during their royal tour of southern Africa in which they spoke about the difficulties they’ve been having dealing with press attention. They’re rumoured to have travelled to the United States with six-month-old son Archie, where they’re likely to spend American Thanksgiving with Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother. The family of three will also spend Christmas in the United States instead of at Sandringham with the royals, and the Queen supports their decision.
It’s not known when we will see the Sussexes back at royal engagements, but for now they can count Kim among their supporters, who have included Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney this year alone.