Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George attend the Jerudong Park Trophy at Cirencester Park Polo Club on June 15, 2014 in Cirencester, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Mark Cuthbert—UK Press via Getty Images
By Laura Stampler
October 2, 2014

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge began taking legal action against an unnamed photographer they claim is stalking their son Prince George and his nanny, the Kensington Palace office said in a statement Thursday.

According to the announcement, the royal couple has “taken legal steps to ask that an individual ceases harassing and following both Prince George and his nanny as they go about their ordinary daily lives.”

William and Kate are expecting their second child.

According to a royal spokesperson:

An incident last week has prompted Their Royal Highnesses to seek reasonable assurances from the individual about his behaviour. The individual was spotted at a central London Park in the vicinity of Prince George, who was removed from the Park immediately. There is reason to suspect that the individual may have been placing Prince George under surveillance and monitoring his daily routines for a period of time.

The Duke and Duchess understand the particular public role that Prince George will one day inherit but while he is young, he must be permitted to lead as ordinary a life as possible. No parent would tolerate the suspicion of someone pursuing and harassing their child and carer whilst their child is playing in a public park or going about their daily activities

The 1997 death of Princess Diana, William’s mother, occurred after her automobile crashed while trying to escape pursuit by the paparazzi.

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