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Don’t print photos of Will and Kate at church: Palace

- December 27th, 2012
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Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leave a church service on Christmas Day. (PHOTO: Neil Hall/REUTERS)

Palace officials have thrown a royal hissy fit over photos taken of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

On Christmas Day, a Reuters photographer snapped a shot of the royal couple leaving church. It’s typical that photographers take pictures of the royal family attending such public events. The difference here was Kate and William were spending the holidays with her parents.

According to the Daily Mail, the palace had told some media outlets (but not all) to not go to the church to take photos as the couple were celebrating in private. Reuters, a reputable news outlet, didn’t get the memo and, along with other news outlets, went to cover the event. The police cleared an area for the photographers. The photographers had no idea about the request from the palace.

After the photos made it up onto the wire, the palace then sent a “baffling request” to London papers, asking them not to use the photos.

“The Palace insisted this very public event should remain private, and that none of the pictures be printed – a request we have reluctantly agreed to,” the Daily Mail said in a comment piece.

“The Mail, of course, wishes the couple a happy and relaxing Christmas,” the piece concludes. “But we also hope the Palace understands the frustration it has caused by adopting such a baffling and illogical position.”

I 100% agree with the Daily Mail. Why would the couple being out in public not be OK for the British media to cover? Any one of the other churchgoers could have snapped a shot of the royal couple and sent it along to a newspaper. The police in the area clearly were unaware of the palace’s stance because they cleared a spot for the photographers.

But Kate doesn’t look happy in these photos (I only saw two from Reuters and yes, I’m printing it because I think the directive from the palace is silly, and it was only for British media). I’m sure she was hoping for a quiet holiday away from the cameras but she and William have to remember they are a part of the royal family, he is the future king, and their first born will follow in William’s footsteps. People want to see them and know what they are doing.

This doesn’t mean photographers have any right to shoot through windows or catch private moments, but when the couple exits a public church, there can be no expectation of privacy.

This desire by Will and Kate to control the media is getting to be ridiculous.

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Will and Kate were all smiles here because this photo op was planned, but catch them when they don’t want to be photographed while in public and you’ll get not-so-happy looks. (PHOTP: WENN.com)

Will and Kate have been trying to control the media on such silly little things – they refused to tell reporters whether a dog they got last Christmas was their own, and then refused to tell them a name (it took a little girl asking the duchess about the dog for the truth to come out).

William got used to the media keeping its distance while he was at school, and the couple have become accustomed to people in Wales protecting them (the townsfolk are very protective of Wills and Kate when they are in Anglesey, where William is stationed as a search and rescue pilot).

And while they have been tabloid fodder for years, they have to realize that with a baby on the way, people are even more interested. Monarchists and celebrity watchers alike are keen to hear about their baby – whether because it’s a future monarch, or because our society is obsessed with celebrities.

“With a new baby in their lives, a lot of things will change from now on,” Concordia University royal expert Estelle Bouthillier told me in an e-mail when I was working on my end-of-2012 wrap-up.

“If Prince William decides to continue for another tour of duty with the RAF, they may have a better chance to have a ‘normal’ life and the pleasure of sharing their child’s first few years. But being a member of the armed forces, Prince William can be posted somewhere else, and this can be a completely different environment for them,” Bouthillier said.

“Right now, the people of Wales let them live their lives as they wish; it should be the same everywhere they go, but we know it couldn’t be like this if they live closer to a big city. Everything depends on the local people and their resolve to protect them and give them a chance to have a ‘normal’ life.”

I think any chance of the royal couple living a “normal” life is gone. They may try to escape their situation by visiting Kate’s parents, where it’s been said William feels like he can forget his royal duties and just act like anyone else. But the idea they could live quietly in Wales after the baby is born is unlikely.

“Babies are game changers,” as my husband would say. Perhaps even more so for a young royal couple who desperately want some time alone, but who absolutely won’t get it now. Will and Kate will continue to be tabloid fodder for 2013 – there is no doubt about that. And they need to realize blocking out the media will not be possible – the media will fight back if they think requests are too baffling.

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8 comments

  1. Been there done that | December 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Pregnant women have one thing on their minds – that the foetus is developing
    normally. They don’t need hassling even for the media’s “right” to profit by
    stalking them to sell images. Lay off her until she delivers. How would you guys feel if the press was going after a woman bearing your child ??

  2. J | December 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Anyone else think the brown coat and red scarf pic makes her look like the witch from snow white ?

    As far as controlling the media – trying just makes it happen all the more, give it up you are social freaks as well as in other ways.

  3. David | December 28, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Who cares? Time to end the Monarchy

  4. Vivian | December 31, 2012 at 1:48 am

    The media are blood suckers that hound some people to death. Remember Diana? They do not have the right to invade every second of peoples lives. The woman is pregnant, has morning sickness, probably feels lousy, so she doesn’t look happy, who would? Leave her alone if she isn’t at an organized event. And no, she doesn’t look like the witch from snow white, her outfit looks fine for church. Are we going to now judge her every expression, every outfit is to be picked apart etc. Give her some space to breath and not always be on display.

  5. Wendy Lindberg | December 31, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Leave them alone, look what the media did to Diana!! How would you like someone snapping pics of you ALL the time???

  6. Emmiline | January 1, 2013 at 7:40 am

    It’s a ridiculous request on their part. They can’t have it both ways. Will and Kate will always get to do what they want, and the public will always want to know what they do.

  7. Summer | January 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    We all have a right to privacy. I ask everyone to think about how they would feel if being photographed everytime they make a move. They were celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and it is a holy time. I don’t think it was much to ask.

  8. Kate | January 9, 2013 at 11:02 am

    For the 10 years that Kate was on call for Prince William, and her obsession to win him, she knew exactly how it would be if she caught him, as she has! Sometimes you get what you wish for…. I agree photos taken “through windows” etc, are NOT acceptable. Any public place they are at, are!

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