A line has been crossed: Duke and Duchess slam paparazzi
DESPERATE tabloid photographers maybe at risk of being shot as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge warn that the clamouring for photos of Prince George and Princess Charlotte has now "crossed a line".
In an open letter from Kensington Palace, the Royal parents describe an "incredible number of incidents of paparazzi harassment of Prince George".
In Australia and New Zealand, publishers have agreed not to publish unauthorised photographs of the young royals.
The Palace describes one case in which a photographer parked a car, blacked out the windows then hid from view in an effort to capture a candid shot of the young prince.
He was caught by police in the boot of the car taking photographs with a high-powered lens through a tiny hole in the car's side.
The Palace stresses these are the actions seeking to profit from images of a two-year-old boy.
"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."
"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.
"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.
"Every parent would understand their deep unease at only learning they had been followed and watched days later when photographs emerged."
The Duke and Duchess also ask for those who purchase magazines featuring these candid photos of their son, to consider how they were taken.
"The use of these photos is usually dressed up with fun, positive language about the 'cute', 'adorable' photos and happy write-ups about the family.
"We feel readers deserve to understand the tactics deployed to obtain these pictures."
London Police released a statement stating that given the security concerns around the Royal Family, photographers could be at risk of being shot if they were mistaken for someone wanting to do harm.
What paparazzi photographers do to get a snap of Prince George
According to the palace, photographers have:
• on multiple occasions used long range lenses to capture images of The Duchess playing with Prince George in a number of private parks;
• monitored the movements of Prince George and his nanny around London parks and monitored the movements of other household staff;
• photographed the children of private individuals visiting The Duke and Duchess's home;
• pursued cars leaving family homes;
• used other children to draw Prince George into view around playgrounds;
• been found hiding on private property in fields and woodland locations around The Duke and Duchess's home in Norfolk;
• obscured themselves in sand dunes on a rural beach to take photos of Prince George playing with his grandmother;
• placed locations near the Middleton family home in Berkshire under steady surveillance