William warns paparazzi against 'harassing' George
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[October 03, 2014]
By Michael Holden
LONDON (Reuters) -
Britain's Prince William has warned two photographers
against trailing his baby son George during walks in
London parks with his nanny, saying their behavior
amounted to "harassment".
Lawyers acting for William, second-in-line to the throne, and
his pregnant wife Kate, have written to the freelance
photographers asking them to stop following George, William's
It came after an incident in a central London park last week
when one individual was spotted near George and his nanny.
"They are obviously concerned," a spokesman for the royal couple
said. He added the men had "over a period of time established a
pattern of behavior that we think amounts to harassment of
Prince George and of his nanny".
"It's more the fundamental weirdness of two grown men following
a 14-month-old baby around London that we're concerned about,"
the spokesman added.
The issue of harassment by the paparazzi is particularly
sensitive for William whose mother Princess Diana was killed
with her lover Dodi al-Fayed in Paris in 1997 when her limousine
crashed into the wall of a tunnel as they tried to flee a posse
of chasing photographers.
He has been determined to protect his family from the press.
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George was born to a global media frenzy in July last year but has
spent most of his life since then out of the spotlight, with only a
handful of public appearances.
"They want Prince George to lead as ordinary a life as possible as a
child and he obviously can't do that if people are going to parks
where children play and taking pictures of him," the spokesman said.
He said they believed some pictures of George had appeared in
European publications but not in Britain, where the press has
exercised greater restraint since Diana's death.
However, the royals complained about harassment of Kate before the
couple married in 2011. A year after their wedding, European
magazines printed topless pictures of Kate taken while she was on
holiday in France.
(Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
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