While the public loves to watch Prince George grow up through the pictures posted online and in publications, many of these pictures were captured using alarming tactics to get that money shot. In hopes of making the tabloids and media honchos understand the perils faced by the family of Prince George when it comes to the paparazzi stalking him around every corner, a letter has been circulated.
According to CNN News, a Kensington Palace official has penned a letter informing the tabloids who buy these pictures just what this little boy, his family and caretakers endure because the paparazzi wants that money shot. “Prince George is currently their number one target,” wrote Jason Knauf in this letter to the media outlets. Knauf is the communications secretary to the royal couple and Prince Harry.
The letter offers up some of these tactics, such as photographers using children as a distraction to clear the way for an unobstructed view of Prince George at the playground. Photographers recently hid in the sand dunes and used a telescopic lens to capture pictures of George with his grandmother at the beach.
According to MSN News today, “Kensington Palace, where the couple has a residence, issued a letter on the security and ethical issues around unauthorized photos of children.” The letter was sent to the paparazzi as well as the media. The letter conveys; “In recent months, there have been an increasing number of incidents of paparazzi harassment of Prince George. And the tactics being used are increasingly dangerous.”
In another recent ordeal a photographer rented a car and turned it into a makeshift hideout, which Knauf writes about in the letter describing this as “disturbing, but not uncommon.” The already dark windows of the car were covered with sheets and the man was discovered by the police in the trunk of the car with his telescopic lens pointed a children’s play area that Prince George frequents with his caregivers.
The car was stocked with food and drink so this photographer was all set for however long the wait would be to capture that money shot of George. This is a scary situation and thankfully this person only wanted a picture of George and nothing more sinister, but in a world of heightened security around politicians, police and royals, this incident was of a great concern.
How are the royals and their guards supposed to know if this person wanted a picture or to do more serious harm? 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.”
This is not the first time the royals have reached out to the media outlets, but it doesn’t seem to do much good, it continues. Prince William is already in a place where he doesn’t look fondly on the paparazzi after they were chasing the car his mother was riding in the night she died in the horrific accident.
He is even more adamant with protecting his family due the photographers hounding his mother up until the day she died. Both William and Kate want their children to grow up with as much normalcy as their royal roots will possibly allow them. Being a target of the media on a constant basis is not normal and they would like the photographers to back off their son.
The royal family is appealing to the media outlets who buy these pictures and the people who rush to view these pictures, asking them to think about what the taking of these pictures entail. They are asked to try to understand how the tactics used are worrisome to the family and the caretakers of the young prince.