PRINCE WILLIAM was left “very unhappy” after Kate Middleton endured a very difficult birthday during which she was harassed by a “gauntlet of cameras”, it was revealed in an unprecedented royal statement.
In 2007 speculation had been growing that William was planning to propose to his long-term girlfriend on her 25th birthday. When the day came, Kate was faced with “hundreds” of paparazzi and television cameramen waiting outside her Chelsea flat. They then followed her to her car, desperate to get a snap of the future wife of the prince.
A royal spokesman said: “Prince William is very unhappy at the paparazzi harassment of his girlfriend.
“He wants more than anything for it to stop.”
In the documentary ‘Prince William at Thirty’, uploaded to YouTube in June 2012, royal experts discussed the impact on Kate – and William’s furious reaction.
The documentary’s narrator said: “On Kate’s 25th birthday she had to run the gauntlet of cameras packed onto the street outside her flat.”
William was “unhappy” after Kate’s bad experience on her birthday (Image: GETTY)
Kate on her 25th birthday in 2007 (Image: GETTY)
Royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah added: “You would see hundreds of paparazzi and press photographers outside her home which is very difficult for anyone trying to make their way.
“It was almost as if whatever she did – whether she went to work or didn’t want to go to work – she would be scrutinised and almost hounded.”
At the time, Kate had moved down to London, whilst William had just graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and joined the Blues and Royals Household Cavalry, which were based in Dorset.
Kate remained composed through the ordeal, but clearly found the attention very uncomfortable.
She and William was so unhappy about what happened that they decided to take legal action.
Ms Nikkhah said: “William did not take very kindly to this and that was when we started to see the Royal Family – driven by Prince William on this – starting to take action against the press and against pursuit and harassment by photographers of Catherine.”
Kate’s family also employed leading legal firm Harbottle and Lewis to urge the media to use restraint.
Whilst her birthday had been particularly bad for her, she had been followed by several cameras on a daily basis for months.
Royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah (Image: YouTube / RedSquirrelCrossing)
Kate trying to drive away, surrounded by cameras (Image: GETTY)
Ms Nikkah said: “There was this intense scrutiny on Catherine down in London and I think that was very difficult for both of them, because their relationship had to change and adapt to that and I think it was very hard for both of them.”
Meanwhile, William himself was facing the press scrutiny and having his social life splashed across the newspapers.
In fact, pictures of the prince dancing with a blonde on a night out in London put so much pressure on his relationship with Kate it triggered the infamous 2007 break-up.
The paparazzi waiting on the street outside Kate’s flat (Image: GETTY)
Luckily, the pair reconciled after just a few months.
William finally proposed to Kate in 2010 and they got married at a lavish ceremony in 2011.
They have since had three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK