THE British royal family has appealed to paparazzi to stop harassing two-year-old Prince George. Kensington Palace has issued a statement saying photographers’ tactics are becoming increasingly dangerous, and documenting the situations where it says “a line has been crossed” by certain press agencies’ efforts to snap a picture of the young prince.
The palace says it wishes the information to be used as part of a public discussion on paparazzi photography of children, and while most UK publications have refused to use shots taken in “unacceptable circumstances,” media in Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand and the US, have.
The royal household’s list of paparazzi’s risky behaviour includes the monitoring of Prince George and his nanny’s movements round London, the pursuit of cars leaving private family homes, and using other children to draw the prince into range of cameras at playgrounds.
Most recently, the palace said a photographer was found by police, hiding in the boot of a rented car outside a children’s play area.
Kensington Palace tweeted: “The Duke and Duchess want to extend their thanks for the kind and supportive messages they have received in recent months.
“They have been delighted to share photos of their children and will continue to do so in the months and years ahead.
“Yet undercover paparazzi continue to pursue their children, selling images of Prince George to international publications.”