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The Kensington Palace issued a letter on Friday, explaining that the tactics used by paparazzi to get pictures of Prince George are “increasingly dangerous,” and that in the past months the number of incidents of “paparazzi harassment” of Kate and William’s son has increased.
The letter detailed an incident that occured last week: “A photographer rented a car and parked in a discreet location outside a children’s play area. Already concealed by darkened windows, he took the added step of hanging sheets inside the vehicle and created a hide stocked with food and drinks to get him through a full day of surveillance, waiting in hope to capture images of Prince George. Police discovered him lying down in the boot of the vehicle attempting to shoot photos with a long lens through a small gap in his hide.”
This unfortunate situation was not the only one as paparazzi have lately used long range lenses in order to capture photos of Duchess Catherine and her son playing in “private parks.”
The statement also addressed the paparazzi’s monitoring of Prince George and his nanny around London parks, and even the tactic of using other children to get shots of Prince George around playgrounds, and the list goes on.
The Palace also tweeted some messages regarding this matter, and published a post for the well-wishers on the social network.
The messages expressed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s gratitude for the “kind and supportive” messages they have received in the past months.
In another message Kate Middleton and Prince William said that they “have been delighted to share photos of their children and will continue to do so in the months and years ahead.”
Following Princess Charlotte’s birth in May, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge asked the media for privacy after heading with their children to their country home Anmer Hall.
The letter stated that “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.”
“Following warnings given to photographers and the photographic agencies involved, the position has greatly improved. However, we would remind you again of the position,” the letter also read.
Prince George, who turned 2 on July 22, is the third in line to the British throne, following his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father, Prince William.
His sister, Princess Charlotte, 3 months old, has made two public appearances, the first after her birth at St. Mary’s Hospital on May 2, and the second on the day she was christened at St. Mary Magdalene Church.