Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Ask Photographer To Stop Harassing Prince George

4 October 2014

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have issued a warning to a photographer, insisting that he refrain from harassing their son, Prince George.

BBC News reports:

Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked a photographer to "cease harassing" Prince George.

A Kensington Palace statement said they were prompted to take action after the man was spotted near the 14-month-old and his nanny in a central London park.

The couple are not taking legal action at this stage, but may consider it in the future, the statement said.

The photographer's lawyers, however, say their client has done nothing unlawful and will continue with his work.

A statement from palace officials reads:

"The Duke and Duchess understand the particular public role that Prince George will one day inherit, but, while he is young, he must be permitted to lead as ordinary a life as possible.

"No parent would tolerate the suspicion of someone pursuing and harassing their child and carer whilst their child is playing in a public park or going about their daily activities."

Whatever your views on the Royal Family, it can't be easy trying to parent under the glare of the world's media, and I don't envy the Duchess her role as mother of the future King. But I overheard someone comment earlier that they'd have thought those caring for Prince George would have ample space in the private grounds of the Royal residences to amble about away from the paparazzi; so do they really need to venture into public parks and then complain if he attracts attention from photographers?

On the other hand, as the Royal couple have hinted in the official statement, why shouldn't Prince George enjoy as normal a life as possible while he's a tot, free to enjoy the public parks as much as any other kid?

What do you make of the story? Over-protective parents, or perfectly legitimate request from a family with every reason to want to safeguard their privacy?

TOPICS:   News and Recalls

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