The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are considering taking legal action against photographers that are following Prince George.
William and Catherine have sent letters to two freelance photographers, including Niraj Tanna, who appear to have been following the one-year-old Prince and his nanny on a number of occasions. They have asked them to stop following their son or face legal action.
Over the summer, a handful of images appeared in international press of George and Catherine or his nanny, Maria, generally in London’s parks. The UK press has agreed to only print authorised images of the young Prince.
The letters come after one of the photographers tried to take pictures of George in Battersea Park, and one man was also told to move on outside Buckingham Palace for loitering with his camera. We know that George goes swimming in his great-grandmother’s pool, and was spotted arriving with The Duchess on his birthday in July.
Mr Tanna has been spoken to on previous occasions over the years by protection officers from different members of The Royal Family, reports the Evening Standard. Kensington Palace has confirmed legal steps will be taken if ‘reasonable assurances’ are not given, and Tanna’s seven page statement denies the allegations, saying he will continue his work with The Cambridge’s statement in mind.
A spokesman said:
“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.
[…] 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.”
They added that William and Kate wanted their son to lead as normal a life as possible before he needs to take on duties that his role as future King requires.
The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) code of practice states young children “must not be interviewed or photographed on issues involving their own or another child’s welfare unless a custodial parent or similarly responsible adult consents”. Famous parents are also not a valid reason to photograph a child according to the IPSO.
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