Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has written to newspaper and magazine editors over the issue of paparazzi photographers intruding on the royal family’s privacy, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday.
“The letter was sent to editors in response to many years of the royal family being hounded by photographers on the Queen’s private property,” her media office said.
There were no details of the contents of the “private and not for publication” letter, sent by a royal lawyer on the Queen’s behalf, or when it was sent.
But the Sunday Telegraph said the royals were now ready to take legal action if photographers took pictures of
them while they were “off duty”.
It said they could sue for breach of privacy or take action under protection of harassment laws.
The royal family have long had a strained relationship with the media, especially after the death of Charles’s first wife Princess Diana in a Paris car crash in 1997 while being pursued by paparazzi photographers.
In recent years, Diana’s eldest son Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton have found themselves targeted by the press.