Kensington Palace today issued a stark warning against paparazzi photographers “harassing” Prince George, as they revealed the third-in-line to the throne has been subject to a “disturbing” incident.
A strongly-worded letter released by the Palace this morning claimed photographers are going to increasingly extreme lengths to covertly capture images of “number one target” Prince George to sell to a handful of international publications still willing to pay for them.
In a letter issued today, the palace said photographers were using surveillance techniques to try to get pictures of the young royals.
On one occasion last week a photographer set up a ‘hide’ in his car as he staked out a children’s play area. Other incidents have included photographers pursuing cars leaving family homes and using other children to draw Prince George into view in playgrounds.
Photographers have been hiding on private property in fields and woodland around the royal family’s home in Norfolk. They also hid in sand dunes on a rural beach in an effort to take photos of Prince George playing with his grandmother.
In the letter, Kensington Palace Communications Secretary Jason Knauf said: “It is of course upsetting that such tactics, reminiscent as they are of past surveillance by groups intent on doing more than capturing images, are being deployed to profit from the image of a two-year-old boy.
“In a heightened security environment such tactics are a risk to all involved,” Mr Knauf said.
“The worry is that it will not always be possible to quickly distinguish between someone taking photos and someone intending to do more immediate harm.”
You can read the full letter in the gallery above.