- When Kate Middleton was still just Prince William's girlfriend, paparazzi started stalking her and taking private photos of her during vacations with her family.
- The Queen put her royal legal team on the case to stop the publication (in the UK, at least) of pictures of private moments from Kate's Christmas holiday with her family.
- The paparazzo behind the banned photos spoke out about the situation in a 2005 documentary called Chasing the Royals.
The royal family has a long and complicated at best (and downright devastating at worst) relationship with the press and, specifically, with paparazzi. Given the role hounding photographers played in Princess Diana's untimely death in 1997, it's not surprising that the Queen has been willing to put some of The Firm's resources behind cracking down on the gathering (and publication) of private pictures of the royal family.
That protective instinct extended to Kate Middleton long before she was officially a member of the Windsor fam, apparently. According to Express, a 2005 documentary appropriately called Chasing the Royals, reveals that the Queen put her personal lawyers on the case when paparazzi stalked and photographed Kate, who was only dating Prince William at the time.
The photos in question were apparently taken when Kate was on Christmas holiday with her family at Resormel Manor in Cornwall. The future royal and her relatives were photographed playing tennis on Prince Charles’ courts. The Queen's legal team went to work and, um, persuaded all UK press outlets not to buy or run the pictures (which still ran in Germany, where threats of legal action from the Queen's lawyers apparently don't carry as much weight).
"[The royals] do not want any private, unofficial photographs released to the press whatsoever, so they are clamping down like there is no tomorrow," Niraj Tanna, the photographer who took the pictures, said in the documentary. "If I’m on a public footpath, I would assume it is all fine. It has been okay up to now, and suddenly, the goalposts have been changed."