Kate Middleton and Prince William have issued a no-fly zone over their home in an attempt to block press from flying drones onto their property so that they can catch glimpses of them or their children.
The decision was reached and confirmed on Friday, with the Secretary of State signing the order that labelled their family as a no-fly zone “in the view of the need for security.” The Civil Aviation decree was actually made on September 29, 2015, but will only come into force on November 1, 2015.
In this document, it explains, “The Secretary Of State has decided that it is necessary in the public interest to restrict flying in the vicinity of Anmer Hall, Norfolk, having regard to the security considerations associated with this location by reason of it being the residence of members of the Royal Family.”
It then adds, “No aircraft is to fly below 2,000 feet above mean sea level within the area bounded by a circle having a radius of 1.5 nautical miles.”
Kate Middleton and Prince William have been spending more and more time at Anmer Hall, which was given to them by Queen Elizabeth II as a wedding gift, especially since the birth of their daughter, Princess Charlotte, back in May.
Over the last few months, they’ve picked this lavish home, which is located on the queen’s Sandringham Estate, over their 21-room apartment that’s located in central London at Kensington Palace.
Obviously, because of the popularity of the pair, the paparazzi soon followed them there, and according to Yahoo Parenting, they’ve been caught surrounding the home with their cameras and have even gone as far as to hide in fields and the nearby wooded area just to get a quick photo of the duo.
This ultimately led to steps being made to keep the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from being hounded by the press, with surveillance footage and even child decoys being used to keep 2-year-old Prince George engaged at local playgrounds.
Prince George has even been described as the “number one target” for the paparazzi. Because of their intrusion, Prince William and Kate Middleton released a joint statement back in August that insisted legal action would be taken against publications in the United Kingdom that published unauthorized photos of the family.
It read, “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.”
There are a few aircraft that this new rule doesn’t apply to, though, which includes those flown by the National Police Air Service, Helicopter Emergency Medical Services, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Queen’s Helicopter Flight, any operated by a member of the Royal Family or by somebody who has been invited to Anmer Hall by Prince William or Kate Middleton, and those flying with the permission of the Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary Royalty and VIP Protection Unit.
An explanatory note for the document, which was overseen by Kate Jennings, the Head of Aviation Policy Delivery with the Department for Transport, continued, “These Regulations impose restrictions on flying in the vicinity of Anmer Hall, Norfolk. In view of the need for security for the members of the Royal Family staying at, or visiting Anmer Hall at the request of the security services, the Secretary of State considers that flying should be restricted in the vicinity of that location.”
Meanwhile, experts have revealed the reason behind Kate Middleton and Prince William’s successful marriage, which began back in 2011 when they exchanged vows at Westminster Abbey.
One of the secrets of their happiness, according to body language expert Judi James, who was speaking to the Daily Mail, is the “playful competitiveness” that clearly exists between the pair, which proves that they are genuine friends rather than just husband and wife.
This has been extended to them repeatedly laughing and sharing jokes together, while the fact that they share numerous hobbies, including various sports, and same interest has reinforced their love too. Meanwhile, they each have strong family values too, which means that they are always looking for an opportunity to just relax alongside their children and still make time for their brothers and sisters too.
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