Prince William heartbreak: Duke forced to use EU law to protect Kate from ‘past mistakes’

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PRINCE WILLIAM invoked EU law to ensure Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge was protected in a bid to avoid a repeat of “mistakes from the past”.

Prince William hit out at paparazzi chasing after Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge by appealing to European Human Rights law, according to a new documentary. The Duke of Cambridge had become increasingly concerned about Kate’s safety so he invoked European privacy law to keep the Duchess from being subjected to the same pressure Princess Diana had faced in the past. Former The Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie told Channel 5’s documentary ‘The Tabloids and the Royals’ William took the extreme measure in the early days of his relationship with Kate.

Mr MacKenzie said: “If you’re William, you’d seen your mother basically pursued down the high street by photographers.

“That would have left a scar on him, it was certainly having an effect on him. He wants to protect her so he effectively invokes the law, there’s a European Court of Human Rights law saying everybody has a right to privacy.

“And he invoked that on Kate’s behalf.”

Royal commentator Camilla Tominey suggested William had devised a very firm strategy to slowly introduce Kate to the public and the press to keep her from struggling through the same experience Diana had to cope with.

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Prince William invoked EU law to protect Kate’s privacy (Image: GETTY)

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Prince William reacted furiously to ensure Kate was not subject to “mistakes of the past” (Image: GETTY)

Ms Tominey said: “What was interesting about how Kate was handled in those early days was the sense of trying, very slowly, introduce her to public life.

“Unlike Princess Diana, who I think felt she was thrown into the deep end.

“I think William wanted to avoid the mistakes of the past, that’s why it was a very, very slow drip-feeding of Kate to the press and to the public.”

The Prince had also issued a series of letters to editors to ensure Kate’s privacy remained protected as she increasingly became involved in public life with him. 

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Kate was slowly introduced to public life while dating Prince William (Image: GETTY)

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Kate was often followed by photographers in the early days of her relationship with William (Image: GETTY)

After newspapers published pictures of Kate riding the bus down the King’s Road near her flat in Chelsea in 2005, the Palace reacted furiously.

Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer said: “I remember she was photographed on a London bus going down the King’s Road.

“To me, it’s a historic photo. It’s a photo of probably someone who is going to be our Queen in the future, sitting downstairs on a London bus.

“Palace didn’t like it.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pictured holding virtual engagements during the lockdown (Image: GETTY)

Marcia Moody, the author of 2013’s book ‘Kate: A Biography’, said William reacted furiously to the photo and denounced photographers for their behaviour towards Kate.

Ms Moody said: “In October, Kate was photographed on a bus while going for a job interview.

“It was argued that there was no difference being photographed on a bus, than from being photographed walking down the street or shopping with her mother.

“But the big difference this time was that Kate had been followed by the photographer all day.”

She added: “On instructions from William, who had discussed the matter with Kate and her father, a legal letter to newspaper editors was issued requesting that details of Kate’s private life remain private.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK