William and Kate Slam Paparazzi for Hounding Prince George-Want it to Stop
Kensington Palace released a letter sent to the media on behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge asking for the hunt of their son, Prince George, to end. William and Kate have become increasingly frustrated over the measures paparazzi has taken to get lucrative shots of their son in private settings. The palace is calling on all media outlets to stop funding those shots.
If you saw recent pictures of Prince George playing on the beach with his grandmother Carole Middleton where he played happily and then rode on his grandmother’s shoulders, those would be just some of the unauthorized shots that the Duke and Duchess are upset about. The letter starts out saying:
In recent months, there have been an increasing number of incidents of paparazzi harassment of Prince George. And the tactics used are increasingly dangerous. This letter is being published now to inform the public discussion around the unauthorised photography of children. 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 fueling.
British publications have refused to publish any unauthorized photos of children, especially the royal children, something that is often the policy of publications around the world. Kensington Palace describes The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as “hugely grateful” to those outlets that refuse to “fuel the market for such photos.”
Outside of the belief that Prince George, as well as other children, have a right to a safe and private childhood, the palace also pointed out the security issues when extreme measures are taken to obtain those pictures. Claiming that paparazzi have used other children at private parks hoping to lure George over to play, or stalked his movements as well as the movements of palace staff, and even having private citizens visiting the palace being pursued, the palace believes those measures interfere with protecting the children and create an unsafe and stressful environment.
One photographer rented a car, parked in a discreet location near a children’s play area, with darkened windows and sheets. Police captured him lying in the boot of the vehicle with a long lens waiting to catch an image of the young prince. The palace points out, the difficulty with these tactics saying:
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 long been the subject of terrorist threats with one member once being assassinated by the IRA. Security for the family has always been tight due to other threats as well.
It is also a reminder of William’s mother, the late Princess Diana, who was killed in an automobile crash 18 years ago after being constantly chased by paparazzi. She was involved in a high speed chase the night of her death with photographers pursuing the car she was in with boyfriend Dodi Fayed. As the world mourned her death there were many calls for better protections from the ever present paparazzi.
William and Kate lived together before they married able to enjoy relative privacy. Kate was often seen at the grocery store doing her own shopping and William occasionally stopped in at a local pub. They were able to enjoy that until the birth of George. The scrutiny increased with stories of the Middleton family being the favored family and shots of the young prince with his grandmother highly sought after as well as any other private shots of the tot.
Kensington Palace claims that the Duke and Duchess are “concerned about their ability to provide a childhood for Prince George and Princess Charlotte that is free from harassment and surveillance.” While they appreciate the outpouring of love, and even interest, towards their children, but do not want them to have to grow up “exclusively behind palace gates and in walled gardens.”
It is much the same way Princess Diana wanted to raise her boys, William and Harry, in hopes of giving them a more normal upbringing than the one their father, Prince Charles endured. The palace hopes a discussion of these issues will put an end to the unauthorized photos and the stalking and harassing of the young children but will “continue to take legal steps to manage these incidents as they occur.”
What do you think about William and Kate’s requests for the paparazzi to stop hunting their children? Do you support their quest for privacy for the young family or do you believe the paparazzi is part of the deal? Let us know what you think here at Haveuheard.