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Royals call for media restraint following Princess Charlotte birth


By John McCarthy, Opinion editor

May 7, 2015 | 2 min read

Prince William and his wife the duchess of Cambridge have issued warning letters – via police – to paparazzi and the press asking them to respect the privacy of newborn Princess Charlotte.

The couple, along with Charlotte and Prince George, have retreated to Anmer Hall in Norfolk for respite from the coverage, admitting action will be taken in the face of “acts of harassment” and intrusion on royal grounds.

The statement read: “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.

"The Sandringham Estate trusts that there will not be a need to take any further action other than bringing these points to your attention."

A spokesperson from Kensington Palace, said: "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. This practice has been established for a number of years. Media are encouraged to speak to Royal Communications for further guidance about where they can operate on this private estate."

Paul Connew, former editor of the Sunday Mirror, wrote in The Drum earlier this week that Prince William is in a stronger position to tackle unwanted press attention in the aftermath of the Leveson Enquiry

He stated: “[William] can almost certainly count on the British press’s co-operation as far as his childrens’ formative years are concerned.”

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