When Prince George's grandmother was killed in a car accident in Paris eighteen years ago, her brother blamed the papparazi for contributing to the circumstances leading to the accident. That view was subsequently endorsed by an inquest jury who found that Princess Diana and her friend Dodi Fayed were unlawfully killed, dividing the blame for this between the driver of the car in which they were passengers and the press photographers pursuing the car.
It has been suggested in recent months some photographers pursuing pictures of Prince George have:
- Used long range lenses to photograph the Duchess of Cambridge playing with her son in private parks
- Monitored the movements of Prince George and his nanny around London parks, as well as the movements of other household staff
- Photographed the children of private individuals visiting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's home
- Pursued cars leaving family homes
- Used other children to draw Prince George into view around playgrounds
- Hidden on private property in fields and woodland locations around the duke and duchess's Norfolk home
- Obscured themselves in sand dunes on a rural beach to take photos of Prince George playing with his grandmother
- Placed locations near the home of Catherine's parents in Berkshire under steady surveillance
The converse is also true and these photographers could be creating a potential opportunity that terrorists might have more chance of success because security forces mistook them for papparazi.