Warning issued to respect Royals’ privacy

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Richard Humphrey
Building work at Anmer Hall, Norfolk


NORFOLK police have warned the media to stay away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge while they are at Anmer Hall and respect their privacy.
After William and Kate left Kensington Palace on Wednesday to start up life as a family of four at their Norfolk home, the local police distributed a letter signed by the Cambridges’ communication secretary, saying the couple have a ‘more than reasonable expectation of privacy’ and calling for acts of harassment and breaches of privacy to cease.
The letter stated: “There have in the past been a number of intrusions into the privacy of the Royal Family which in the main have been as a result of professional photographers using long-distance lenses, not only to observe the Royal Family but also to photograph them going about their activities on the estate.”
Although stressing that earlier cautions had greatly improved the situation, the letter continued: “However, we would remind you again of the position. The Sandringham Estate trusts that there will not be a need to take any further action other than bringing these points to your attention.”
While a Kensington Palace spokeswoman said the interest in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was understandable, she added that it needed to be balanced with their right to a private, family life.
The royal couple intends to spend the next few weeks at the country home given to them by the Queen getting used to life with toddler George and newborn Charlotte as William has taken two weeks’ paternity leave from his job as an air ambulance helicopter pilot.

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