Kensington Palace Slams Unauthorised Photos Of Prince George
Paparazzi harassment of Prince George has increased and the lengths photographers go to have become dangerous to the young royal family, Kensington Palace said.
The palace has released an open letter to appeal to world media not to publish unauthorised images of the two-year-old and his baby sister, Princess Charlotte.
They said some paparazzi have gone to "extreme lengths" and "a line has been crossed".
The parents are delighted to share official photos of their children, but condemn the constant harassment of paparazzi.
"The Duke and Duchess are glad that leaders in the media industry share the view that every child, regardless of their future public role, deserves a safe, happy, and private childhood. They have been delighted to share official photographs of Prince George and Princess Charlotte in recent months to thank the public for the thousands of kind messages of support they have received. News photographers have had several recent opportunities to take photos of the family and these will be a regular occurrence as both children get older."
The Duke and Duchess want to extend their thanks for the kind and supportive messages they have received in recent months.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) August 14, 2015
They have been delighted to share photos of their children and will continue to do so in the months and years ahead.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) August 14, 2015
Yet undercover paparazzi continue to pursue their children, selling images of Prince George to international publications.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) August 14, 2015
Kensington Palace has issued a letter on the security and ethical issues around unauthorised photos of children http://t.co/bCmIHoBtcl— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) August 14, 2015
But they are also concerned with the lengths these photographers go to when trying to capture an image of their two-year-old to sell for profit. This one particular incident was especially offensive:
"Despite this, 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."
In recent months paparazzi have also:
• 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 of Cambridge are appealing to world media to stop the unauthorised use of photographs of their toddler and baby.
"They know that almost all parents love to share photos of their children and they themselves enjoy doing so. But they know every parent would object to anyone – particularly strangers – taking photos of their children without their permission. Every parent would understand their deep unease at only learning they had been followed and watched days later when photographs emerged."
Source: Kensington Palace