The claims made, that the paps “Photographed the children of private individuals visiting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's home … Pursued cars leaving family homes … Used other children to draw Prince George into view around playgrounds … Hidden on private property in fields and woodland locations around the duke and duchess's Norfolk home … Placed locations near the home of Catherine's parents in Berkshire under steady surveillance” were pretty grim. But British papers were not in the firing line.
Ah well. The tabloids, in particular, carry a collective guilt when it comes to the Royal family and paparazzi intrusion - as well as a set of distinctly flexible principles on the use of the paps’ produce. Those editors, pundits and hacks reading about Prince George’s grandmother with have known very well that there is only one of those - because Diana, Princess of Wales would have been the other, and she is no longer with us.
The editors of the Sun, Daily Mirror, and the now-defunct Screws, all confessed after the event to feeling a little responsibility for the circumstances that led to Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris eighteen years ago. So it is no surprise at all to see Sun and Mirror keep the Prince George story off their respective front pages. And the Mail, that paragon of outraged righteousness, has its own reason to keep a low profile.
In the aftermath of the Paris crash, the then Lord Rothermere decreed that his titles would no longer use paparazzi photographs. Once he had shuffled off the following year, this promise somehow slipped the memory of the Mail’s editor, then as now the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre, who just went right ahead and continued to do business with the paps, as Roy Greenslade later observed.