Prince William’s Girlfriend Wins Privacy Battle
The longtime girlfriend of Britain’s Prince William has won an apology and compensation from a photograph agency for invading her privacy during Christmas.
Kate Middleton was playing tennis with her family when a freelance photographer snapped pictures of her. While the agency, Rex Features, claims the photographer was not an employee, it syndicated the photos of Kate around the world.
“Although at the time Rex Features did not know that an infringement of privacy had occurred, we now accept that this was the case and that by distributing the photographs we were a party to that invasion of privacy.
“Accordingly we have agreed to pay compensation to Miss Middleton and have undertaken not to syndicate any further private photographs of her,” said the Rex statement on the agency’s website.
“We apologise to Miss Middleton for what has taken place.”
Kate was represented by Queen Elizabeth II’s lawyers, Harbottle and Lewis, and was awarded 5,000 pounds in damages. A spokesperson for her family said Kate will give the money to charity.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have been dating for several years now, and rumors come and go about when will they marry. It is believed 2011 would be the best time since William will be done with his RAF training.Filed under The United Kingdom
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