Prince William & Kate Middleton Warn Paparazzi to Leave Their Children Alone

The Duchess of Cambridge signed up for a lot of responsibility when she married into the royal family, but her first duty is to her children. Kate Middleton and Prince William have reportedly issued a warning to paparazzi: stop following Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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It seems like the actions of a few shady photographers have put the royal couple on edge because some of them are doing bizarre, illegal, and unethical things to capture photos of the 2-year-old prince and his 3-month-old sister. Sources say one photographer rented a car with tinted windows, filled it with food and drinks, and then parked it by a children's play area and waited so he could snap pictures of George. When police found him, he was lying in the trunk of his car with his camera.

Kensington Palace, which wrote an open letter to paps, also revealed that some were using long-range lenses and invading Kate and George's privacy by photographing them playing in a park. Some even reportedly snapped photos of other children who visited Kate and Will's home, followed these families from their homes, and were even found hiding out on private property in fields and the woods surrounding the royal couple's Norfolk home.

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The letter reads:

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 use of these photos is usually dressed up with fun, positive language about the ‘cute’, 'adorable’ photos and happy write ups about the family.  We feel readers deserve to understand the tactics deployed to obtain these pictures.

We hope a public discussion of these issues will help all publishers of unauthorised photos of children to understand the power they hold to starve this disturbing activity of funding.

As much as we all love "adorable" and "cute" photos of George playing with his mom and dad, it is extremely unsettling to think about the ways in which some photographers are invading Kate and Will's privacy and putting their acquaintances in danger.

There are plenty of legit photographers and photo agencies that follow the rules and obtain photos in a respectful (and legal) manner and its a shame that the few who will do anything to get ahead sully their name.

 

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