The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are not happy with paparazzi
Kensington Palace addresses unscrupulous paparazzi harassing Prince George
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are concerned about the increasingly devious and dangerous behaviour of paparazzi attempting to capture images of two-year-old Prince George.
Jason Knauf, Communications Secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry issued a letter addressing the matter and making the public aware of the "unacceptable circumstances" behind unauthorised but heavily-marketed "cute" photos of the young heir and his sister Princess Charlotte.
"One recent incident – just last week – was disturbing, but not at all uncommon," the letter reads. "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."
Creepy, much? Such paparazzi stories are definitely not unheard of, but you can see how it would worry the British royals to be at the centre of such unethical practices.
"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 letter adds. "Rest assured that we continue to take legal steps to manage these incidents as they occur."
The Duke and Duchess want their children to be free to play in public places without being sneakily photographed, but intend to make official photo ops "a regular occurrence as both children get older."
Paparazzi, you have been warned.