According to the Daily Mail – who claims to receive up to 400 photos per day of Middleton – law firm Herbottle and Lewis sent warning letters to photo agencies that relentlessly pursue the royal maid-of-honor from the moment she steps out of her Chelsea flat. The letter is said to state that the constant barrage is causing Middleton “serious distress and anxiety.”
Herbottle and Lewis is the same firm that acted on Catherine’s behalf several times while she was still a commoner. The rule is that unless you are a member of the royal family, you are not afforded the same security to protect you from the paparazzi.
Royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter said on CBS This Morning, “The letter serves as a warning, since she is hoping not to call an injunction. It’s highly unlikely that Clarence House will lend a hand because she’s not a member of the royal family.”
Prince William found this especially frustrating while he was dating Her Royal Highness, because nothing could be done to keep photographers at bay. In addition, the paparazzi is more respectful of a royal’s privacy, since they want to stay in their good graces.
Though Middleton may have reached out to St. James Palace for advice on how to address this issue, the palace is in no way helping her in this matter.
Arbiter pointed out that Middleton will need the media once her party planning book is released later this year, so this issue a double-edged sword.