The royals share their concerns in a statement due to recent paparazzi harassment of Prince George
The couple issued a statement today in the wake of a ‘disturbing’ incident where a photographer hid in the boot of a rented car in the hope of getting pictures of Prince George at a children’s play area.
Hidden underneath some sheets, the snapper remained in surveillance all day and had a stock of food and drink with him. He was eventually discovered by police trying to get photos using a long lens from a small gap through the boot.
It’s not been the only frightening incident to occur in recent weeks and it’s left Kate and Wills, both 33, fearful about the security of George, 2, and his baby sister Princess Charlotte.
In a statement from their Communications Secretary Jason Knauf, it’s revealed that paparazzi photographers have done things such as using other children to draw George into view at playgrounds, obscured themselves in sand dunes at a beach to snap the toddler with his grandma and monitored the movements of George and his nanny in London.
‘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 letter reads.
It goes on: ‘A line has been crossed and any further escalation in tactics would represent a very real security risk.
‘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.’
The family feel that George has become the ‘number one target’ for paparazzi photos of the royals.
Kate and Wills ‘want both children to be free to play in public and semi-public spaces with other children without being photographed’ though and hope that the letter will ‘inform public discussion’ about the photography of children.
They’ve also expressed their gratitude to the ‘vast majority’ of publications who have refused to publish the unauthorised photos and stress that they look forward to sharing more official snaps of the children as they get older.
The couple often do this through the Kensington Palace Twitter page, such as when they released a cute new shot of George last month to celebrate his 2nd birthday.
They also posted pictures from Charlotte’s christening earlier in July as well as adorable shots of the two children together shortly after Charlotte’s birth in May.
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