UK watchdog warns press away from Middleton family

Thu Apr 7, 2011 10:04am EDT
 
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's media watchdog said on Thursday it has warned the country's press not to harass the family of Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton.

The independent Press Complaints Commission (PCC) -- charged with monitoring press coverage in Britain -- confirmed a warning had been issued to newspapers but would not divulge the full contents of its "private advisory notice."

Middleton is to wed Prince William, second in line to the throne, on April 29th at an event that has generated huge international media interest and put the spotlight back on the often rocky relationship between the royals and the press.

The issue is a particularly sensitive one for William, because his mother, Princess Diana, died in a Paris car crash in 1997 after being chased at high speeds by paparazzi on motorbikes.

The BBC said the commission's warning concerned photographs taken by picture agencies, and on Wednesday several newspaper websites featured images of Middleton's mother and younger sister Pippa out shopping in London.

"No formal PCC complaint has been made by the Middleton family about any breaches of the Editors' Code," a spokesman for William said.

"However, following some incidents of alleged harassment and pursuit by agencies and freelancers, the Middleton family, through the PCC, have sought to draw the attention of editors to their concerns.

"The Middleton family and St James's Palace remain grateful to editors for their restraint and adherence to the Code over the past few months."   Continued...

 
<p>Kate Middleton, the fiancee to Britain's Prince William, smiles during a Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, the "Hereford Endeavour", at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station, in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey in north Wales February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez</p>