Kate Middleton and Prince William have come forward to express concern surrounding their children’s safety.
As part of the Royal family, and with worldwide interest that comes along with that title, it’s no wonder that the young couple and their two children face such a tidal wave of attention.
But now, in a statement issued by Kensington Palace, it has all got a little too much. And we’re pretty shocked by the stories…
In activity that has been labelled as ‘harassment’ and ‘surveillance’, the Palace has had to put new measures in place to ‘protect Prince George and Princess Charlotte…’
The official statement, which was released on the official Kensington Royal Twitter account, also extends these issues to the protection of ‘all children’, especially with the rise of social media.
Acknowledging the admiration that Prince George and his younger sister Princess Charlotte have received, the statement told of how Kate and William ‘…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.’
In a shocking and quite disturbing twist, there was an account of a recent incident which saw one photographer in particular going to quite extreme and inappropriate measures to take photos of the young Prince.
It stated: ‘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.
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‘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. 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.’
The statement, quite rightly, points out: ‘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.’
It continues: ‘All of this has left The Duke and Duchess concerned about their ability to provide a childhood for Prince George and Princess Charlotte that is free from harassment and surveillance.
‘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.’
The finishing statement reads: ‘The Duke and Duchess are determined to keep the issues around a small number of paparazzi photographers distinct and separate from the positive work of most newspapers, magazines, broadcasters, and web publishers around the world.’
By Laura Jane Turner
Images: REX / @kensingtonroyal / Mario Testino