Sep 19, 2012

How Much Privacy Can A Royal Expect?

The royal family can't catch a break.

On the heels of Price Harry's nude photo debacle, the always-perfect Kate Middleton is at the center of a topless brouhaha. The Duchess of Cambridge was caught on camera - sunbathing topless, no less - by a photographer with a super long lens. The paparazzi also mentioned to snap some shots of William delicately applying sunscreen to Kate's thonged-behind.

The royal family is rightfully angry. Actually, angry doesn't begin to describe it. They used the D-word (Diana) in a media statement they released once the photos went public. "The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so," said a palace spokesperson. If the Queen's people are bringing up Diana, then you know it's serious.

My take: the Harry and Kate situations are very different. Harry invited in this controversy, similar to other scenarios (or PR nightmares) that the spare heir is often plagued with. Kate's nude scandal is different. This was a clear invasion of her privacy as she was on private property, in the backyard of a secluded family home, when the photographer creepily snapped her photo. It's a breach of privacy. She's not a celebrity - or a reality star - she's the future Queen.

For more on what I think, check out this CBC article I'm quoted in.

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