In UK, Paparazzi Face Royal Pain

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Prince William, second in line to the British throne, has announced a “zero tolerance” policy toward the paparazzi in the wake of his engagement last week. The prince says he will take legal action against photographers who invade his privacy or that of his fiance, Kate Middleton, The Telegraph reported today.

“A single photograph of Prince William and Miss Middleton sharing a tender moment together could earn a photographer tens of thousands of pounds [in fines]” the newspaper reports

A royal aid has told the press that the prince won’t tolerate any pursuits, or the use of telephoto lenses from public property to capture photographs of the royals “in private situations.”

The newspaper explains, “Prince William blames the paparazzi for the death of his mother in a Paris car crash more than 13 years ago and he is determined that his future wife will not have to tolerate similar intrusions and dangers.”

While the paparazzi may be guilty of selling their souls and driving celebrities crazy, the prince seems to have forgotten that a drunk limousine driver–not photographers–caused the death of Princess Diana in 1997. The photographers were exonerated by French courts in 2002.

In merry England, however, there’s no First Amendment to protect journalists from royal edict, and newspaper editors have been put on notice to toe the line with a formal letter from the palace.

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