London: Kate Middleton`s family have
complained about media harassment, palace officials said
on Thursday, after photos of the royal bride`s mother and sister
shopping were published in the newspapers.
In a sign of the increasingly frenzied media attention
ahead of Kate`s marriage to Prince William on April 29, the
family asked the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) yesterday
to pass on their concerns to editors.
"Following some incidents of alleged harassment and
pursuit by agencies and freelancers, the Middleton family
through the PCC has sought to draw the attention of editors to
their concerns," said a spokesman for St James Palace.
He said no formal complaint had been made to the PCC,
which enforces a voluntary code of practise for newspapers.
The code states that "journalists must not engage in
intimidation, harassment or persistent pursuit".
"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," he added.
According to the BBC, the PCC has asked newspapers to
"take care" when using images provided by agency
photographers, following isolated incidents where Kate`s
mother Carole and sister Pippa were followed by photographers
Yesterday, photos were published in the British press
of Carole and Pippa -- Kate`s chief bridesmaid -- shopping in
London`s upmarket Chelsea district.
Sources say that as Kate has kept out of the
spotlight, her mother and sister have been increasingly
targeted by photographers desperate to get new shots ahead of
The PCC confirmed that a notice about the Middleton
family was sent out yesterday to editors, broadcasters and
"The PCC operates a system whereby we pass on concerns
of people in a private and confidential way when people are
concerned about harassment, and this is what happened in this
case," a spokesman said.
The code of practise was strengthened after the death
of William`s mother Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997
while being pursued by paparazzi.