Kate Middleton, Prince William Take Legal Action to Protect Son George from Photographer

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The Duke and Duchess celebrate their son's first birthday.
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A photographer has apparently been following Prince George and his nanny and now, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are stepping in.

On Thursday, a spokesperson for Kate Middleton and Prince William released the following statement:

“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 be placing Prince George under surveillance and monitoring his daily routines for a period of time.”

According to The Guardian, a legal letter has been sent to the photographer, who works freelance. The shutterbug was most recently seen trying to take pictures of George, 14 months, in Battersea Park in central London last week.

Like his parents and other members of the royal family, George will eventually have public duties. But for now, the Duke and Duchess want their son to live a normal life. The statement continues:

“No parent would tolerate the suspicion of someone pursuing and harassing their child and carer whilst their child is playing in a public park or going about their daily activities.”

Kate, William and their son have been photographed at public events on several occasions since George’s birth in July 2013. Most recently, the family shared photos from their visit to a London museum for the tot’s first birthday. George also took part in his first official tour when he joined the Duke and Duchess on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. The trio was often photographed boarding their aircraft and meeting locals.

[Lead photo courtesy of MPNC/AKM-GSI]