Kensington Palace reportedly upset over candid pictures of Kate, Wills and Prince George on ‘rest day’ in Canberra
KENSINGTON Palace is reportedly not happy with Aussie media.
Candid photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wandering the gardens of Government House in Canberra are said to have upset the Palace.
Royal aides were reportedly initially annoyed Channel 9 and Channel 10, as well as News Corp, which publishes news.com.au, had taken the photos and captured footage without the Duke and Duchess’ knowledge.
The pictures showed Kate and Wills casually dressed and walking hand-in-hand along Lake Burley Griffin, as well as Kate pushing George in a pram and playing with him in the grounds of Yarralumla.
The Australian reports Kensington Palace had asked the Australian media not to continue broadcasting the film, but the requests were ignored by some broadcasters.
However British website express.co.uk reports that Palace officials acknowledged the media were entitled to publish the footage and photographs.
An aide said: “We were just anxious that it didn’t turn into a circus. We would rather the pictures weren’t taken but it was no more than a gentle request.”
Denying that there had been a row, a palace spokesman added: “All we said was that it would be quite nice if they were given a bit of space on their day off.”
The Guardian UK reports the Duke and Duchess have “sidestepped a potential row” over the publishing of the unauthorised pictures and are said to be “very relaxed” about the use of the images.
While the British newspapers’ code of conduct forbids the publication of photographs of the royals taken on private property, no such rule exists in Australia.
The incident follows controversy which erupted in February last year whenWoman’s Day published unauthorised photographs of the Duchess wearing a bikini while pregnant.
The pair will head to Uluru in the Northern Territory today for another official engagement.
(source: News agencies)