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Warning letter to the media over 'harassing' of royals

By Scott D'Arcy

Letters warning against "acts of harassment" while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and other members of the royal family are at home in Norfolk have been handed to media in the area by the police.

William and Kate are settling down to family life at Anmer Hall, on the Queen's private Sandringham Estate, with their new baby daughter Princess Charlotte and son Prince George after arriving from London on Wednesday.

Members of the media were in the Sandringham area yesterday and some were given the letters, which stated that while members of the royal family and their guests are in residence they have "a more than reasonable expectation of privacy".

The letter, undersigned by the Cambridges' communications secretary, called for "acts of harassment and breaches of privacy to cease".

It said: "There have in the past been a number of intrusions into the privacy of the royal family which in the main have been as a result of professional photographers using long-distance lenses, not only to observe the royal family, but also to photograph them going about their activities on the estate."

Previous warnings to photographers meant "the position has greatly improved".

But it continued: "However, we would remind you again of the position. The Sandringham Estate trusts that there will not be a need to take any further action other than bringing these points to your attention."

l A Japanese zoo has apologised after receiving complaints over naming a baby monkey Charlotte after the newborn princess after a public ballot.

The Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden in Oita said it was considering renaming the macaque after it was flooded with angry calls after announcing the name for its first monkey born this year.

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