Any concerns raised over alleged intrusion by photographers into the private lives of Kate Middleton and Prince William would be dealt with ?effectively?, the press watchdog has pledged.
Some feel the couple?s engagement could spell danger for Kate Middleton.
Speaking on ITN News the Sun‘s royal photographer Arthur Edwards said: ‘If you think it was bad in the early days of [Princess] Diana, that was nothing compared to this. This will be the story everyone will want to cover.’
Asked whether the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) would be issuing specific advice for paparazzi photographers, in view of the royal wedding announcement, the body?s director of communications Jonathan Collett told Amateur Photographer: ?The PCC has been used by Clarence House in the past when issues of concern have arisen.
?Clearly it is too early to say in the case of the royal wedding but we will deal with any requests or concerns expressed to the PCC in an appropriate and effective way, as we do with all requests from any public figure or member of the public.?
Prince William’s fiancée has been fiercely protective of her privacy in the past.
Earlier this year Kate Middleton won thousands of pounds in an out-of-court settlement over pictures of her playing tennis while on a family holiday.
The photographer had captured around 50 images using a Canon DSLR and 70-200mm zoom lens from an ‘elevated’ footpath in Cornwall last Christmas.
Two year’s ago the couple reportedly considered legal action for harassment or invasion of privacy against photographers who pursued them ‘aggressively’ on motorbikes, scooters and in a car after they left Boujis nightclub in South Kensington, London.
In 2008, an inquest into the death of William?s mother, Diana, concluded that the grossly negligent driving of vehicles chasing the Mercedes in which she was a passenger contributed to the ‘unlawful killing’ of the Princess in Paris on 31 August 1997.
The PCC is a self-regulatory body. It?s Code of Conduct states that it is ?unacceptable to photograph individuals in private places without their consent? and that journalists ?must not engage in intimidation, harassment or persistent pursuit?.