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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have expressed their deep concerns for the safety of their children in a letter released by Kensington Palace and sent to media outlets around the world.

In a haunting echo of the events that led up to the death of Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s paternal grandmother, the royal couple has told paparazzi to back off, telling photo hunters to leave their children alone.

The letter states: “In recent months, there have been an increasing number of incidents of paparazzi harassment of Prince George. And the tactics being used are increasingly dangerous.”

The communications secretary lists some of the recent tactics used by paparazzi in order to obtain a valuable shot o f the little prince:

  • on multiple occasions used long range lenses to capture images of The Duchess playing with Prince George in a number of private parks;
  • monitored the movements of Prince George and his nanny around London parks and monitored the movements of other household staff;
  • photographed the children of private individuals visiting The Duke and Duchess’s home;
  • pursued cars leaving family homes;
  • used other children to draw Prince George into view around playgrounds;
  • been found hiding on private property in fields and woodland locations around The Duke and Duchess’s home in Norfolk;
  • obscured themselves in sand dunes on a rural beach to take photos of Prince George playing with his grandmother;
  • placed locations near the Middleton family home in Berkshire under steady surveillance

The Duke and Duchess thank the British, Australian, Canadian and US press for only using authorised images released by the palace, and warn paparazzi that legal action will be taken.

The letter describes one case of a photographer hiding out in his car, and explains just why this is of such concern to Catharine and William.

“Paparazzi photographers are going to increasingly extreme lengths to observe and monitor Prince George’s movements and covertly capture images of him to sell to the handful of international media titles still willing to pay for them.

“One recent incident – just last week – was disturbing, but not at all uncommon.  A photographer rented a car and parked in a discreet location outside a children’s play area.  Already concealed by darkened windows, he took the added step of hanging sheets inside the vehicle and created a hide stocked with food and drinks to get him through a full day of surveillance, waiting in hope to capture images of Prince George. Police discovered him lying down in the boot of the vehicle attempting to shoot photos with a long lens through a small gap in his hide.

“It is of course upsetting that such tactics – reminiscent as they are of past surveillance by groups intent on doing more than capturing images – are being deployed to profit from  the image of a two-year old boy.  In a heightened security environment such tactics are a risk to all involved.  The worry is that it will not always be possible to quickly distinguish between someone taking photos and someone intending to do more immediate harm.”

The Royal Family has released several official images of George and Charlotte, including images from their christenings.

“We have made the decision to discuss these issues now as the incidents are becoming more frequent and the tactics more alarming,” says the communications secretary, Jason Knauf.

“It is hoped that those who pay paparazzi photographers for their images of children will be able to better understand the distressing activity around a two-year old boy that their money is fuelling.”

The palace also hopes to create some understanding for magazine readers who love to see cute, candid images of the royal children to “understand the tactics deployed to obtain these pictures,” said Mr Kauf.

Do you think this letter issued by concerned parents will make a difference? Do Kate and Will have the right to protect their children? Share your thoughts. 


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  1. People should always be concerned about their children safety, I should think that would be a basic, and they should not need to be told to do so

  2. What concerns me the most is that some psycho one day could have a weapon instead of a camera. Jail these morons and fine the publishers who buy these unwanted pic millions.

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  3. Flood the market with their own photos of the kids until they are no longer a novelty and paparazzi photos are not worth anything.

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    • Don’t agree with flooding the markets with photos of their children. They have a right to their privacy. Make it illegal with stiff penalties for any breaches.

  4. They seem to be happy to complain about people taking photos of their children, albeit covertly, but I’ve never heard them complain about the millions of tax payers dollars that the whole lot of them get. Funny that! They’re about as relevant as dinosaurs in this day and age.

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    • You think? These children have every comfort and privilege known to mankind. You want to see children at real risk? Look no further than the poorer suburbs where you live. Not to mention Africa, for example.

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      • That is a whole separate situation.
        This child’s grandmother was hounded to death by the paps. It is not a question of privilege but one of safety.
        All parents have the right to keep their children safe.

    • Very harsh and completely irrelevant. Talking about privacy of 2 little children. Get over yourself.

    • There are two ways to have the best house on the street.. One way is to pull down everybody else’s house the other way is to concentrate on building your own house I see Mike you are in the business of pulling down other people’s houses.

    • My children grew up in Africa where they were exposed to more dangers than the royals or you in your whole life.

    • Actually Leone, whilst I’m not a saint by any means, I have helped poor rural Africans out of where they were into pretty reasonable houses. Not palatial places, pretty rustic by your and my standards, but homes of their own. I wonder how much you’ve contributed to building other people’s houses?

    • My contributions are to my local people. I didn’t choose to take my children into a dangerous situation. Any wonder you don’t care about the safety of a little boy. You didn’t care enough about your own kids.

    • Mike Mears – you are just a grumpy, fossilised dinosaur! This young couple are not ‘complaining’, merely expressing their ‘concern for the safety of their children’, & why shouldn’t they? The paparazzo are as greedy as hungry jackals; not satisfied with the numerous official photographs released by the Royal Family, they are just out to get a ‘scoop’!
      When it comes to your attack on the ‘millions of tax payers dollars they get’ is rubbish! Have you ever queried the astronomical salaries paid out to our Government Offiials? In case you are unaware Mike, the Royal Family do pay their taxes as we all do, so stop being such an old curmudgeon, & try if you can, to be more understanding of the concerns expressed by this young couple. Thank you!

    • In all of this they’re well protected by security… That’s one perk of being a celebrity or of royalty…
      There is no present law against photographing children ( or anyone) in public but if a photographer stalks or harasses a person in public by thrusting a camera repeatedly in someone’s face it might be considered harassment
      Using a tele lens to take photos In private is normally regarded as an invasion of privacy…
      If u don’t want your children photographed in public… Keep them out of the way… The public like to get a glimpse or take a photo of the ‘famous’…the paparazzi are included in this.. But not if they harass…

    • It seems a shame that “ordinary” children are given more protection under law. Imagine if you caught someone hiding in the bushes photographing your young grandchildren, Mike. The set-up in the car is similar to a hunting hide. These paparazzi are stalking George.

    • I agree, Mike. They really can’t have it both ways. Sure they need to keep their children safe, but they can’t expect that the papers and the public will not take any interest. They are public figures. In this day and age, with little actual ‘ruling’ being done by the royal family, what else are they for? They have lives of unbelievable luxury and privilege in a country where more and more are being forced to live in poverty. They must expect that this is the downside. I think quite a few underprivileged people would take that deal.

  5. No respect from the media anywhere.
    They want their kids to have a happy normal upbringing so I’m glad they wrote a letter, whether it will be taken notice of is another story.

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