Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has told the paparazzi to leave her family alone as they prepare for Christmas. According to Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty told newspapers not to run pictures of her family taken by freelance photographers. The Palace said she wrote to the newspaper editors requesting this.
The letter was “in response to many years of the royal family being hounded by photographers on the queen’s private property,” the Palace is quoted by the AP in saying.
This action was not prompted by any recent event and has been in the works for months. Members of the British royal family, particularly Princes William and Harry and their girlfriends, are often hounded by the paparazzi in private situations.
Prince Charles’ spokesman, Paddy Harverson, told the Sunday Telegraph that members of the House of Windsor “feel they have a right to privacy when they are going about everyday, private activities.”
“They recognize there is a public interest in them and what they do, but they do not think this extends to photographing the private activities of them and their friends.”
Some speculate the royal crackdown on the paparazzi may be linked to Prince William at last announcing his engagement to longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton. Perhaps, but it is the Christmas season, and such speculation reaches fever pitch as this time.
Check out this clip from Newsy.com on the British media’s reaction to this: