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Old 01-06-2007, 09:52 PM
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Instead, we get this, "Oh no! Photographers! Woe is me!" and it's so boring. It gives her the image of a spoilt brat who thinks the world owes her publicity but she doesn't have to do anything to earn it.

Where did you come up with this conclusion? I think it's unfair to judge her reactions or motives for her reactions when she's spotted by the paparazzi. Yes, she's dating William so that will make her a target, but until they have a LEGITIMATE reason to want to constantly photograph her, I don't think she's out of line for appearing bothered by it.
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:02 PM
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I come to that conclusion based on the stories we've heard and the pictures we've seen. They have a legitimate reason to photograph her - she's dating our future King - that's a pretty legitimate reason. To royal watchers worldwide this might be a sweet romance, to Britons - this could be the consort to our future Head of State. I kinda think we have a right to see her.
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:21 PM
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It seems to me that there must be some rational or reasonable balance though.

Yes, she chose to date the potential future King, so unless her head is filled with sawdust, she knew it wasn't going to be a very private relationship. She certainly must have known that to continue that relationship after St. Andrews it would become even more public, as the Prince's period of relative privacy would be coming to an end. He knew that, he surely shared that information with her, and they made a decision to carry on together. However, the extent to which she appears to be hounded, and I do mean hounded, is ridiculous. We don't need to see her come and go at every hour of every day, and dating William does not automatically equate to relinquishing her basic human rights.

There must be a fine line somewhere of what's a reasonable amount of coverage without treating her (or anyone else, for that matter) like an animal in a cage. We just don't seem to be very good at finding that line and staying on the safe side of it.
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:27 PM
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The fact is though, she isn't being hounded. They're waiting on street corners and snapping her getting into cars and walking into shops. It's not rocket science, a monkey could do it. If she had a 9-5 job and was rushed off of her feet, I'd say yes. Leave her alone. But she doesn't. She does very little. She's got time to be photographed, they aren't hounding her to throwing stones so why doesn't she just get on with it and accept that thats going to be her life if she marries Will. Surely them hounding her would show her the brutal reality of life for a member of the Royal Family and would help her make her decision when Wills asks the question?
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:45 PM
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I come to that conclusion based on the stories we've heard and the pictures we've seen. They have a legitimate reason to photograph her - she's dating our future King - that's a pretty legitimate reason. To royal watchers worldwide this might be a sweet romance, to Britons - this could be the consort to our future Head of State. I kinda think we have a right to see her.
I strongly agree with you.
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Old 01-06-2007, 11:20 PM
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Palace lawyers' legal bid to protect Kate
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main...7/nroyal07.xml

Police guard Prince William's girl
http://www.news.com.au/sundayheralds...23-663,00.html
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:07 AM
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Important to note the Telegraph story says the mover behind Kate getting more police is not Kate, but William.

I repeat she ought not to be blamed for decisions made by others.

The Telegraph story also says that the paparazzi follow her in her car all the way to and from work. I imagine being tailed in that way is quite dangerous to Kate and to other drivers. I would hope something would get done about it.
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:08 AM
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If the media wants an engagement this is not the way to go about it. They will be preoccupied with dealing with this nonsense and romance won't flourish.
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:14 AM
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Important to note the Telegraph story says the mover behind Kate getting more police is not Kate, but William.
...and this from the news.com link (my bolding):

Concerned about photographers outside the Boujis nightclub in South Kensington, the Prince's personal protection officer called for reinforcements ...

I guess it's yet another example of never letting the facts get in the way of an opportunity for some biffo in the threads.
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Old 01-07-2007, 04:19 AM
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Another very relevant article on Kate, William and her protection/harassment from the Telegraph:

No wonder Prince William is angry

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main...07/nkate07.xml


""She is the new Diana," said Trevor Adams, of Matrix Syndication. "We were with Lady Di every day at this stage until the engagement was announced. It will be the same for Kate, but we will not hound her."

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In the past two days, Prince William was deeply irritated by press reports suggesting that Miss Middleton has been receiving preferential treatment from the police. "A 10-police guard for Kate as engagement rumours grow" and "Is Kate going to cop a ring?" were both headlines in yesterday's tabloids.
The papers stated that, as Miss Middleton, accompanied by Prince William, had left Boujis nightclub in west London in the early hours of Friday, she had a team of officers to protect her. Yet, as a member of the public with no formal royal role, she was not entitled to a police guard. A senior royal aide said that any suggestion of special treatment for Miss Middleton was ludicrous. "Like any member of the public, Kate Middleton is entitled to protection from harassment and the increasingly aggressive behaviour of the paparazzi."
Another royal courtier said: "Kate is a bright, down-to-earth young woman but there is a limit to how much more of this she can take. The situation is becoming unbearable."


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In short, if the paparazzi continue to pursue Miss Middleton, it is a matter of when, not if, her lawyers go to war with those who are tormenting her. The stakes are high but if one day, as seems likely, Kate Middleton becomes Prince William's bride, he wants their years together to be happy and for his wife to know that she will never suffer the same fate as his mother."

Read the whole thing. There is much comfort in the article for the majority of Kate-watchers here who would like to see her as Princess William, including that PW had meetings with her Dad over this, that PW studied the Caroline of Monaco ruling on press intrusion, and that the paparazzi have greatly stepped up their doorstepping just recently.
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Old 01-07-2007, 04:20 AM
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Palace lawyers' legal bid to protect Kate
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main...7/nroyal07.xml
Good! Go for the jugular, guys.
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Old 01-07-2007, 04:29 AM
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The Kate - this season's must have fashion accessory

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/thi...cle2132570.ece

Will Jigsaw benefit from having Kate work for them?
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I like that William and the palace are trying to do something to curb the excessive behavior of the paparazzi.
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Old 01-07-2007, 05:29 AM
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I think the media are hungry for a royal wedding, no matter the cost, they could care less how it comes about. If it wasn't Kate Middleton, any other british girl William was dating will do.

However, neither do I think this hysteria the Middleton have over the few papparazzi is warranted. Let's be frank, the picture Telegraph picked of the late Princess & Kate speak volume, one where 20 camera are flashing on Diana, the other of Kate on the dance floor with Guy Pelly. Yes, Kate is followed by photographers, but I have yet to see the likes of men all over her, on her cars filming her, similar to what Diana experienced from the beginning, not to mention what current celebs go thro on a daily basis.

Another thing, following her getting a ticket story, she requests police officer to escort her to work the next day, then visits buiju night club with William, a celebrity hungout the media is known to stake out. You can't have it both ways, if you want to avoid maximum exposure, then try to lead as normal of a life as possible, avoiding papparazzi stake-out.
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Old 01-07-2007, 06:19 AM
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Laymah, I would you suggest you read the articles which directly contradict this:

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Yes, Kate is followed by photographers, but I have yet to see the likes of men all over her, on her cars filming her, similar to what Diana experienced from the beginning, not to mention what current celebs go thro on a daily basis.
She is indeed doorstepped by 20 plus snappers each a.m., and her car is being tailed to and from work by photographers.

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Miss Middleton steps out of her front door each day to be confronted by up to a dozen telephoto lenses, drawn by rumours that she and Prince William are about to get engaged — although their friends say such talk is completely unfounded. While some of the photographers stand on the street, others are hidden in blacked-out vans and still more are waiting on motorbikes, the "snapper" on the pillion. (Last week, for the first time, the bike riders had earpieces and were clearly co-ordinating their pursuit of their quarry military-style.)
As Miss Middleton goes to her blue VW Golf, parked near her home in Chelsea, west London, to make the seven-mile drive to work — she is a buyer for the High Street chain Jigsaw and works in Kew — she is followed by many of the paparazzi in the hope of snatching an unusual shot of her.
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Old 01-07-2007, 07:38 AM
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She must love him a lot to put up with this behaviour from the press! It really is time for the police to take action against them!

She may one day be Williams wife, she may one day be a Queen consort, but that does not give anyone the right to know everything about her, let alone chase her through the streets.
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Old 01-07-2007, 08:14 AM
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. ...if you want to avoid maximum exposure, then try to lead as normal of a life as possible, avoiding papparazzi stake-out.
Lamyah, how do you suggest she go about "avoiding paparazzi stake-out" when they are camped outside her front door? Should she instead climb over the back fence?
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I agree with BeatrixFan for once. Yes Kate is a private citizen and she deserves her pivacy, but what did she expect. Shes not dating just an ordinary man, she is dating Prince William of Wales heir to the British throne. Kate was pictured with him and at the same events with him. She was well aware of what she was getting herself into. But I do agree that Kate should have some protection just incase if the phtographers get out of hand.
no one here has said that catherine wasn't aware of what her life would be like while dating the prince. i'm sure she knew the press would be at her heels. what people are saying is she doesn't deserve it and no one does.
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Old 01-07-2007, 08:26 AM
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I come to that conclusion based on the stories we've heard and the pictures we've seen. They have a legitimate reason to photograph her - she's dating our future King - that's a pretty legitimate reason. To royal watchers worldwide this might be a sweet romance, to Britons - this could be the consort to our future Head of State. I kinda think we have a right to see her.
we've not heard a single complaint from her or seen her scowl at the cameras. she has smiled but she hasn't scowled or cried or stomped off or asked them to leave her alone. how in the world do you possibly interpret any of the looks we've seen as woe is me????
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Well, requesting police protection is a bit OTT imo. And of course she scowls at the cameras. It's one of her regular faces. She's surly, sulky or we get a half-hearted smile. I don't see why people are fussing over her so much. She's in the public eye, she gets photographed.
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