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Ipso backs Duchess Kate privacy complaint against Express and OK!

By Tony Jones

Published 16/09/2016

Photos: The Duchess of Cambridge
Photos: The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge has had breach of privacy complaints upheld by the Press watchdog after she objected to online stories about herself and Prince George.

Kate complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) after Express.co.uk and OK! magazine's website published similar articles, with a photograph in May showing George sitting on a police motorbike at Kensington Palace to the delight of his mother.

The committee upheld both of the complaints made by the duchess.

It said: "The committee acknowledged that, as members of the royal family, the complainants are public figures.

"However, they were photographed standing within the grounds of their private home, in a position that was not easily visible to the photographer. They were not carrying out any official duties, and they were unaware that they were being photographed."

The committee's findings did not accept that any public interest had been served by the publication of the images on the websites, which "simply showed Prince George playing on a police motorbike".

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