Kate Middleton Takes Princess Charlotte to Anmer Hall, Issues Letter Asking for Privacy
Following the birth of Princess Charlotte, the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge left Buckingham Palace for Anmer Hall, their village home on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. The proud parents were recently seen driving back with Prince George and his newborn baby sister in tow.
In the wake of their homecoming, the royal couple distributed letter to townsfolk asking for privacy during Princess Charlotte’s first few weeks.
“The warm-hearted and understandable interest in the Royal Family and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge needs to be balanced with their right to private family life — this is especially important for a family with very young children,” a Kensington Palace rep told the BBC. “This is a letter given by police to individuals found operating on or around the Sandringham estate, including Anmer, on behalf of the royal household. It reminds them of their responsibilities and the rights of the estate. Media are encouraged to speak to royal communications for further guidance about where they can operate on this private estate.”
Kate Middleton and Prince William, carrying a Britax baby car seat fitted for Princess Charlotte, leaves St. Mary’s Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England. [Getty Images]
The letter, which was given out by Norfolk police, read:
As you are aware, Anmer Hall is part of the Sandringham Estate, which is a private estate and whilst in residence, members of the Royal Family and their guests have a more than reasonable expectation of privacy.
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 Sandringham Estate trusts that there will not be a need to take any further action other than bringing these points to your attention.
With the above matters in mind, we would reiterate the clear request for acts of harassment and breaches of privacy to cease.
Communications Secretary to TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
In 2012, Middleton had her privacy invaded when a French publication bought and published photos of her sunbathing topless on the balcony of a private residence.
She fell victim to yet another invasion of privacy the following year when an Italian tabloid published unauthorized photos of her bare baby bump taken while the Duchess was vacationing in the Caribbean.