A picture editor of Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper has revealed that he sees up to 400 photographs of Pippa Middleton cross his desk every day. Paul Silva said that the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge has eight or nine photographers camped outside her door and estimated that they produce between “300 to 400 pictures” of her daily.
Silva made the revelation while answering questions at the Leveson Inquiry, a judge-led investigation into the ethics of the country’s media. The inquiry was set up in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal centred on Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World and has heard from celebrities who say they were hounded by paparazzi.
Middleton, a party planner with her family’s entertainment business, has been under the full glare of the media spotlight since she was bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding to Prince William in April last year, when she was nicknamed “Her Royal Hotness” by the UK media.
“At the moment there are nine or 10 agencies outside her house [on any given day],” the Age quoted Silva as telling the inquiry. “If she goes to get coffee, she goes back into her house, we get 300 to 400 pictures … There is no justification for using them,” he added.