Prince George Is Being Stalked By Paparazzi

Prince George is cute enough to be a knee socks for boys model, but Kensington Palace is concerned about the media going too far to take photos of the royal. Jason Knauf, communications secretary at the Palace, wrote a letter addressed to the international media Friday to prevent the publication of unauthorized photos of Prince George. It begins:

I am writing to provide an overview of the current challenges facing Kensington Palace as we seek to protect Prince George and Princess Charlotte from harassment and surveillance by paparazzi photographers.

First, he thanks media organizations who follow policies and don’t publish unauthorized photos of Prince George and Princess Charlotte on behalf of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The United States even gets a shout out for following this stance. However, some paparazzi will do just about anything to make some money off the royal family.

Paparazzi photographers are going to increasingly extreme lengths to observe and monitor Prince George’s movements and covertly capture images of him to sell to the handful of international media titles still willing to pay for them. 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. 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.

This isn’t an isolated incident. Poor Georgie can’t even go to the park without cameras following his every move. He’s two years old – he should be able to go to the park! It appears it has gotten to the point that William and Kate felt the need to remind the public to their children’s right to privacy.

The Duke and Duchess are of course very fortunate to have private homes where photographers cannot capture images of their children. But they feel strongly that both Prince George and Princess Charlotte should not grow up exclusively behind palace gates and in walled gardens. They want both children to be free to play in public and semi-public spaces with other children without being photographed. In addition, the privacy of those other children and their families must also be preserved.

Luckily, the Palace provides plenty of adorable photos for us to keep up to date on the royals. Check them out below!

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