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Prince George is Being Hounded by Paparazzi, Complains William and Kate

Paparazzi are going to "extreme lengths" to photograph their children

Kensington Palace, the residence and office of Prince William and Princess Kate, has written to the media urging them not to publish images taken by paparazzi photographers, who have been taking “increasingly extreme lengths” to get pictures of Prince George.

The letter, written by William and Kate’s communications secretary, says a “line has been crossed” by the paparazzi over the last couple of months. Their tactics have become dangerous and “represent a very real security risk” for the two-year-old prince.

Photographers’ behaviour have caused the William and Kate to be “concerned about their ability to provide a childhood for Prince George and Princess Charlotte that is free from harassment and surveillance.”

The statement also referred to an incident where a photographer parked outside a children’s play area and lay in the trunk in the hope of capturing a picture of the young prince:

A photographer rented a car and parked in a discreet location outside a children’s play area. Already concealed by darkened windows, he took the added step of hanging sheets inside the vehicle and created a hide stocked with food and drinks to get him through a full day of surveillance, waiting in hope to capture images of Prince George. Police discovered him lying down in the boot of the vehicle attempting to shoot photos with a long lens through a small gap in his hide. It is of course upsetting that such tactics – reminiscent as they are of past surveillance by groups intent on doing more than capturing images – are being deployed to profit from the image of a two-year old boy.

Kensington Palace also said that in recent months photographers have:

  • Used long range lenses to capture images of Kate playing with Prince George in a number of private parks
  • Monitored Prince George and his nanny’s movements around London parks
  • The movements of their household staff were also monitored by photographers
  • Children of individuals visiting the home of William and Kate were photographed
  • Photographers followed cars leaving family homes
  • Other children were used around playgrounds to draw Prince George into view
  • Photographers have been found hiding in fields and woodland around the Duke and Duchess’s home in Norfolk
  • In order to take photos of Prince George playing with his grandmother, they hid among sand dunes on a beach.
  • Put the Middleton family home in Berkshire under surveillance

“In a heightened security environment such tactics are a risk to all involved. The worry is that it will not always be possible to quickly distinguish between someone taking photos and someone intending to do more immediate harm,” read the statement.

The palace said that pictures taken in “unacceptable circumstances” have been used by organisations in the U.S., Germany, France, Australia and New Zealand.


Queen Elizabeth to Stop Breeding Corgis as She ‘Doesn’t Want to Leave Any Behind’

Ben Stansall—AFP/Getty Images Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at a Corgi dog as British television presenter Paul O'Grady looks on during a visit to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London on March 17, 2015

The monarch's first corgi was named Dookie

Queen Elizabeth II’s love of corgi dogs is legendary. However, after owning more that 30 corgis in her lifetime she is now left with just two, and a palace confidant says she has no plans to add to the pack as she feels too old to care for them.

Monty Roberts, an adviser to the Queen and a frequent guest at the royal residence, told Vanity Fair that the British monarch, 89, has bred her last Pembrokeshire Welsh corgi. “She didn’t want to leave any young dog behind,” said Roberts. “She wanted to put an end to it.”

The Queen fell in love with the breed as a young child and named her first dog Dookie. According to the Telegraph, she still feeds them herself and takes them on daily walks.

The last two dogs left to enjoy the comforts of the royal household are named Holly and Willow. They are both almost 12 years old and so cannot be expected to live much longer.

Roberts, 80, said that the tone of his conversation with the Queen “concerned” him since he did not want her to think about dying.

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See an Adorable New Photo of Princess Charlotte

The Duchess of Cambridge holds Princess Charlotte in the Drawing Room at Sandringham House

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The Kensington Palace Instagram feed put up a new photo of Kate holding her little princess Thursday morning, and the photo had already received over 9,000 likes just 15 minutes after posting.

Charlotte was born May 2, 2015. She was christened on Sunday at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, providing the first glimpses at the royal family—Will, Kate, George, and their new princess.

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Michelle Obama Brings Gifts for Royal Family’s Prince George and Baby Charlotte

The First Lady was in London promoting girls' education

What do you get for the family that has everything? First Lady Michelle Obama figured out an answer when she presented their royal highnesses Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge with a few gifts during her recent visit to London.

For the always-adorable Prince George, Obama got a red Berlin Flyer P-Wee Wagon, according to an official traveling with the First Lady. She presented Charlotte, the newest member of the Royal Family, with a personalized Alpcaca baby blanket and Amish rocking chair. Both the wagon and the rocking chair are American-made.

Obama was in town promoting education for young girls. On Tuesday she stopped by an all-girls school to participate in a roundtable about access to education around the world. “The world needs more girls like you,” she told the students. “With an education from this amazing school you all have every chance you need to rise above the noise and fulfill every one of your dreams.”

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Spain’s King Felipe Has Stripped His Sister of Her Duchess Title Following Tax-Evasion Allegations

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Manu Fernandez — AP Spain's Princess Cristina walks toward her office in Barcelona on April 5, 2013

She is accused of colluding with her husband in a tax-evasion scheme

King Felipe VI of Spain issued an order this week to revoke the title of Duchess of Palma de Mallorca bestowed on his sister Princess Cristina after she was embroiled in an embarrassing tax-evasion scandal last year.

“The official journal of the state [on Friday] will publish a royal decree by which his majesty the King will revoke the use of the title of Duchess of Palma de Mallorca by Her Royal Highness the Infanta Cristina,” read a statement released by the palace, according to Agence France-Presse.

The Princess is accused of colluding with her husband Iñaki Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball player, in a tax-evasion scheme that involved more than $6.6 million in public funds.

She is set to be the first member of the royal family to stand trial since the monarchy was restored in Spain in 1975.

However, Cristina’s attorneys insist that the Princess was innocent and merely duped by her husband, who managed the couple’s financial affairs.


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Prince Harry Needs a New Job

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Chris Jackson—Getty Images Prince Harry chats with Coach Core graduates during a Coach Core Graduation event at St James's Palace on Jan. 14, 2015 in London, England.

The 30-year-old prince is leaving the armed forces after 10 years and is looking for a new job

It’s official: Prince Harry is looking for a new job.

The 30-year-old royal is set to end his 10-year military career, Kensington Palace confirmed in a statement on Tuesday. That career has seen Harry qualify as an Apache pilot and complete two tours of Afghanistan. Yet come June, when he will leave the armed forces, the prince will be “actively considering other longer term employment opportunities.”

In the statement, Harry said that, “After a decade of service, moving on from the Army has been a really tough decision. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do some very challenging jobs and have met many fantastic people in the process.” He added, “I am considering the options for the future and I am really excited about the possibilities…. So while I am finishing one part of my life, I am getting straight into a new chapter.”

Harry, who already serves as the patron of several charities, already lined up volunteering stints that could very well lead to a full-time gig.

The prince will be be spending part of the summer volunteering with field-based conservation experts in Africa and spending time learning how local communities in sub-Saharan Africa are working to protect and conserve natural resources and wildlife.

Following his time in Africa, Harry will head back to London, where he is slated to volunteer with the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense’s Recovery Capability program, which supports wounded, injured and sick military staff. He’ll also continue to work with case officers at London District’s Personnel Recovery Unit, which he has been doing since last year, alongside both those who are administering and receiving physical and mental care. According to Kensington Palace, this work “will enable him to continue developing his knowledge of the entire recovery process, placing him in an informed position to further support wounded, injured, or sick servicemen and women into the future.”

Working with veterans makes sense for Harry, who last year founded the Invictus Games, a multi-sport event for wounded military men and women. In Harry’s statement on Tuesday, he revealed his plans to continue his work with the event, saying he was set on “making sure the next few Invictus Games are as amazing as the last.”

Finding a suitable working role can be challenging for a royal, especially one wanting to avoid a fully packed schedule of official royal appearances and overseas tours—and one who has a reputation as a party boy. Many royals, past and present, have spent their time working with charities. Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, was particularly known for her charity work, serving as president or patron of more than 100 charities. Similarly, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, serves as the patron of various charities, including the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and the National Portrait Gallery. Then there’s Harry’s older brother William, the Duke of Cambridge, who has opted for service-based work. After seven years in the military himself, William is now gearing up to work as an air ambulance helicopter pilot, based in Cambridge and Norwich. (William, who is second in line to the throne, after his father Charles, has said he’ll donate his salary to charity.)

No matter what job Harry eventually chooses, he’ll have to balance it with his other lifelong work as a member of the royal family. The prince knows this. According to Kensington Palace, Harry will continue to support his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, attending official engagements in her honor, including embarking on a royal tour to New Zealand in May.

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The Aussies Just Made the Queen’s Husband a Knight

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Eddie Mulholland—The Telegraph/PA Wire/AP Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, attends the opening of "First World War in the Air" exhibition at the RAF Museum in Hendon, England, on Dec. 2, 2014

That's like "giving a Beyoncé CD to Jay-Z" says Aussie comic Adam Hills

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott spent Monday morning mired in controversy after his office kicked off Australia Day celebrations by making Britain’s Prince Philip a Knight of the Order of Australia.

Australians have long been acquainted with the 93-year-old royal, who is notorious for uttering headline-worthy gaffes. During a trip to the Lucky Country in 2002, the Duke of Edinburgh, as he is officially titled, asked an Aboriginal man: “Do you still throw spears at each other?”

Nevertheless, Abbott praised Prince Philip’s “long life of service” during a flag-raising ceremony in the Australian capital, Canberra, on Monday morning.

“This honor recognizes the contribution of the Duke of Edinburgh to Australia throughout the Queen’s 62-year reign,” read a statement released by Abbott’s office. “For three quarters of a century, Prince Philip has served the Crown, and the wider Commonwealth.”

Following the announcement, Australians took to social media to slam the decision to give the nation’s top honor to the Prince rather than an Australian.

Abbott attempted to defend the decision during an Australia Day function in Canberra.

“Social media is kind of like electronic graffiti and I think that in the media, you make a big mistake to pay too much attention to social media,” he told reporters, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.


Morning Must Reads: January 8

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Two Men Sought in Paris Attack

One suspect had surrendered early Thursday, after the worst terrorist attack in France in recent memory claimed 12 lives, as a manhunt for two other suspects continued to unfold. Here’s what to know about the attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo’s Provocative History

A look at the satirical newspaper that terrorists in Paris attacked, and a look back at the threats it’s faced since it was founded in 1970

Apple Bites Into Google

Google Android’s U.S. market share dipped for the first time, as Apple’s new large-screened phones made inroads in the market for “phablets”

Old-School Video Games Go Free Online

The Internet Archive, best known for running The Wayback Machine, has put Oregon Trailand other games enjoyed by children of the 1980s and ’90s online for free. Hitch up your oxen, find some water barrels and get ready for some westward expansion

NAACP Bombing Evokes Memories of Civil Rights Strife

The bomb that exploded outside an NAACP office in Colorado was a rare act of violence apparently aimed at the civil rights organization, bringing to mind an earlier era when threats of assassinations and bombings targeting the group were far more common

Jameis Winston to Enter NFL Draft

The father of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston says he will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, is expected to be a top pick in the draft

Prince Andrew Sex Scandal Has Big U.S. Stakes

A lawsuit that accuses Prince Andrew of having sex in three countries with the self-described “sex slave” of an American financier could transform the way federal prosecutors in the U.S. handle high-profile criminal settlements in the future.

Phylicia Rashad Says Defense of Bill Cosby Was Misquoted

Phylicia Rashad is setting the record straight about her recent comments defending former co-star Bill Cosby. “That is not what I said. What I said is, ‘this is not about the women. This is about something else,” she said

Divers Search for Black Boxes in Crashed AirAsia Plane

Divers were hoping to zero in on AirAsia Flight 8501’s black boxes Thursday, after search-and-recovery operations got a much-needed boost with the discovery of a chunk of the plane’s tail — nearly two weeks after it plummeted into the sea, killing everyone aboard

Clinical Trial for Ebola Drug Starts in Liberia

University of Oxford researchers have launched a trial of the drug, brincidofovir, in Doctors Without Borders’ Ebola center in Monrovia. The drug has previously been used to treat patients with Ebola in the United States

Clues Tie North Korea to Sony Hack

FBI Director James Comey revealed that the hackers “got sloppy” and mistakenly sent messages directly that could be traced to IP addresses used exclusively by North Korea. Comey said the hackers had sought to use proxy computer servers

California Overturns Foie Gras Ban

A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a state law banning the sale of the foie gras in California, ending a two-year-long ban on the luxury food that had placated animal-rights groups but upset the state’s high-end restaurants and gourmands

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British Royal Officials Weighing Prince Andrew’s Legal Options

Officials do not rule out the royal court taking legal action

In September 2013 armed police confronted a suspected intruder in the lush gardens of Buckingham Palace, provoking the target of their suspicions to howl with outrage: “Do you know who I am?” The officers offered apologies for failing to recognize Prince Andrew, but the Queen’s second son, fifth in line to the British throne, might not now be embroiled in controversy if he hadn’t been groping for an answer to the same question for more than a decade. Since retiring from the Royal Navy in 2001, he has been more at sea than ever.

The controversy relating to the disgraced U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein shows no signs of dying down any time soon, no matter that Andrew is “incredibly clear” in the words of a royal source that he has done nothing wrong. A legal process against Epstein in the U.S. must take its course and Virginia Roberts, one of the litigants, is reported to be mulling a tell-all book. The palace usually refuses to comment on matters relating to the private lives of the royals but has been bounced into making two extraordinary statements, the first on Jan. 2 rejecting “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the Prince as “categorically untrue”; the second on Jan. 4 referring to Andrew by his official title. “It is emphatically denied,” said the palace, “that HRH The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. The allegations made are false and without any foundation.”

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The second rebuttal came in response to an interview with Roberts in the Mail on Sunday. She alleged she had worked for Epstein for three years as a “sex slave” and had on three separate occasions while only 17 been steered by him to sexual contacts with the Prince. Roberts waived anonymity to give the interview. In December, as “Jane Doe 3,” she had joined a civil suit in a Florida court with three other women, all claiming past abuse by Epstein and objecting to the arrangement that saw him convicted in 2008 on a charge of procuring an underaged person for prostitution rather than answering in court to the allegations of Roberts and her fellow litigants. The documents lodged by Roberts in the civil suit not only allege sexual relations with the Prince and with Epstein but also with the former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who has vigorously denied the claims and used an interview with the BBC to accuse Roberts of lying. In a second BBC interview, Dershowitz said he hoped for the opportunity to test Roberts’ allegations in court and urged Prince Andrew to “take whatever legal action is available.” Lawyers consulting with palace officials have indicated that the options for such action appear limited. Even if a case could be brought, palace sources are aware that such a course would be fraught with risk, at very least dragging back into the public eye the messy backstory that brought Andrew into Epstein’s orbit.

It’s at very least a tale of money and poor judgment. The Prince is by no means the only senior royal to seek out wealthy company, lured by the apparent protection such company affords — the secluded retreats, the private security, the largesse. Andrew, like his big brother Charles, often seeks to raise money for his own charitable ventures. But in 2010, when Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson — “Fergie” — came close to bankruptcy, charity began closer to home with Epstein helping to pay off her debts. This embarrassing revelation emerged after a photographer snapped Epstein, recently released after serving 13 months of his 18-month jail sentence, strolling through Central Park in New York in conversation with the Prince. Andrew’s decision to maintain the friendship despite Epstein’s criminal conviction unleashed a wave of criticism that eventually precipitated the royal’s 2011 resignation from his post as the U.K.’s special representative for international trade and investment. It wasn’t a paid job but had been the Prince’s main occupation since his navy days.

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The challenge for Andrew and his palace minders has long been how to keep him meaningfully occupied and out of the headlines. There isn’t really enough royal work to go round, especially since the younger generation has started to pitch in. The Prince’s penchant for the good life earned him the nickname “Air Miles Andy” and has resulted in a trove of images that consolidated his image as a playboy, including a shot of him on Epstein’s yacht in 2001 surrounded by topless women and, from the same year, with his arm around the waist of a pretty blond: Virginia Roberts.

He has also broken bread with some pretty dodgy people, sometimes of choice and sometimes at the behest of the U.K. government, which likes to deploy royal soft power around the world. Until the financier’s downfall and conviction, Epstein appeared reasonably respectable by comparison, with a circle of friends that has been reported to include former President Bill Clinton among other well-known figures. The litigants have questioned whether Epstein’s connections helped him to strike his 2008 plea bargain. A royal source says that Prince Andrew vehemently denies having interceded with the U.S. authorities on Epstein’s behalf.

Another source speaks of the quiet work that has gone into carving out a lower profile set of activities for Andrew in the years since his association with Epstein tipped him out of the U.K. trade role. He had seemed, rather later in life, to be finding himself by focusing on charitable work, says the source. The fresh scandal threatens to define him in quite different terms, and risks contagion to the wider Windsor brand, and that is why palace officials will not fully rule out any options about what may happen, not even the prospect of the royal court seeking redress from a court of law.

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The Best Pictures of the Week: Dec. 5 – Dec. 12

From the ongoing protests against police brutality in the U.S. and the dismantling of the main pro-democracy protest camp in Hong Kong to the British royal couple’s first New York visit and Malala Yousafzai receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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