Dealing with paparazzi has always been a touchy and controversial topic for celebrities, especially when it comes to their kids. Many stars have spoken out against intrusive photographers and have called for stronger rules surrounding photos of children. Now even the royal family is getting involved.
The popular Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, have released a letter via Us Weekly about photographers taking unsolicited pictures of their two-year-old son, Prince George, and then publications purchasing these controversial images. “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,” read a statement from a spokesperson for Kensington Palace.
The statement goes on to explain that the purpose of Prince William and Kate Middleton publishing the letter is to generate a discussion about the inappropriateness of snapping unauthorized photos of children. They’re also hoping that through this letter, publications who solicit these photos will gain a better understanding of the impact and distress that they cause.
The accompanying letter from the royal couple details a terrifying encounter they recently had with a paparazzi, who built a discreet makeshift hideout using sheets in his car to secretly snap pictures of Prince George in a nearby playing area. The photographer even stocked up on food so that he could carry on his surveillance uninterrupted. Police found the man lying in the trunk of the car trying to take pictures using a lens through a gap in the hideout.
The couple also detailed a list of other incidents that have occurred in just the past month, including photographing children of the couple’s private visitors, pursuing behind cars, using other children as bait get a shot of Prince George, hiding on and around private property, and placing surveillance on locations frequently visited by the royal couple.
“All of this has left The Duke and Duchess concerned about their ability to provide a childhood for Prince George and [their three-month-old daughter] Princess Charlotte that is free from harassment and surveillance,” concluded the statement.
Lee, E., et al., “Kate Middleton, Prince William Speak Out Against Unauthorized Photos of Prince George,” Us Weekly web site, August 14, 2015; http://goo.gl/EBHwIE.