Being a celebrity isn’t easy, especially when it comes to keeping one’s private life private. It’s even harder if you’re a member of the Royal Family.
But while it may be an accepted part of the job description for the Queen or Kate Middleton to be in the public eye, it would be immoral to suggest the same applied to a baby like Prince George.
In an angry letter sent by Prince William on behalf of the Duchess and the young prince, a freelance photographer has been lambasted and ordered to stop photographing baby George whenever he leaves the house, usually with his nanny.
The royals are accusing the photographer of harassment, and are placing Prince George under “surveillance” after he was photographed while on a trip to Battersea Park last week.
Even though this isn’t the first time Prince George has had his privacy invaded, and perhaps because it isn’t, a senior royal source said on Wednesday that Kate Middleton and Prince William feel a “line has been crossed,” and that these types of opportunist photographs need to stop.
An official statement released by Kensington Palace on the matter explained the situation.
“The Duke and Duchess have taken legal steps to ask that an individual ceases harassing and following both Prince George and his Nanny as they go about their ordinary daily lives. An incident last week has prompted Their Royal Highnesses to seek reasonable assurances from the individual about his behaviour. The individual was spotted at a central London Park in the vicinity of Prince George, who was removed from the Park immediately. There is reason to suspect that the individual may have been placing Prince George under surveillance and monitoring his daily routines for a period of time. 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.”
This isn’t the first time Prince William and the royal family have taken action to try and prevent their privacy being invaded. William has already brought a number of lawsuits against photographers and publications for tracking the royals illegally or unethically.