The paparazzi have always been obsessing and bothering royal family members, so the royals have done all kinds of things to stay away from those pesky cameras. And it seems that the Duchess of Cambridge has this down with one small trick.
Kate Middleton learnt this trick from Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden on how to keep the paparazzi away on special occasions. The Duchess of Cambridge will be using a brilliant idea to fend off the unwelcome press. Instead of shunning the cameras altogether, Kate has become the personal photographer to her family.
With this, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge let the public in their life on their own personal terms, by sharing approved photos on their media profiles for birthdays and other celebrations. This is beneficial to both sides, as they get to choose what they share to the world, while the fans still get their daily scoop of royal news without interfering with the privacy of the royal.
According to Camilla Tominey, royal expert, Kate was inspired to take her own photos by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
The heiress to the Swedish throne is known for tightly controls her public image by posting her own pictures and updating her social media profiles constantly. According to reports, the princess became distrustful of the tabloid press as a teenager, after they published information about her struggles with anorexia nervosa.
Tominey credits Princess Victoria for changing the relationship between the royal family and the press in such a big way. She explains that by releasing these candid photographs of their lives, the royal has basically killed the market for intrusive paparazzi shots and given the power to the royals to curate their public image as they like.
This isn’t all bad for the media outlets though, as they still get photographs to write about and reports, perhaps now with an even better quality of photo than before.
“Why would any newspapers or magazines run grainy long-lens images of the royals in private when they are willing to serve up crystal-clear Instagram shots?” Tominey wrote in the Telegraph last year.
During past birthdays Kate has had not the greatest experiences with paparazzi, as on her 25th birthday she was swarmed by them as they were trying to get photos of the future Queen as she was leaving her home. It went as far as some chasing her car as she drove away, with other flashing their cameras at her through the vehicle’s windows. This move by the press was hugely criticized, with many accusing them of violating the Duchess-to-be’s privacy and causing safety hazards.
Due to the situation of the world we are still in, even in 2021, tomorrows party will likely be a small quiet affair. We have no doubt Prince William and their three children have something special in store for Kate.