After A 2021 Video Of Prince William Telling Off A Photographer Leaked, Kensington Palace Called It A Breach Of The Family’s Privacy
Last week, a three-minute video of Prince William going off on a photographer was uploaded to YouTube. Apparently, the man behind the camera was trying to film William, Duchess Kate, and their kids while they were on a bike ride near their home in Sandringham, Norfolk. The video, which was shot in 2021, only shows William, but you can hear Kate off-screen. 40-year-old William is pissed, and accuses the photographer of stalking his family. There’s a lot of “How DARE you?!” and “you’re disgusting, you really are.” The photographer tries to play it off like running into the Royals was all a big coincidence, but the fact that he filmed and leaked their confrontation makes me think that Big Willy was right all along; bitch knew exactly what he was doing.
The video I’ve seen (which is only a minute and 23 seconds) starts with Kate’s voice telling the photographer, “We are out for a bike ride with our children,” as an angry William tries to get his security (presumably) on the phone. The guy tries to defend himself, acting like he only just realized who the family was, but William cuts him off: “You were out here looking for us!” Kate adds that she saw the photographer by their house earlier, which he denies. Then the video cuts to Prince William, still on the phone and his bike, telling the guy off:
How dare you behave like you’ve done with my children? How dare you? You are stalking around, you’re looking for us and our children. I’m having a quiet bike ride with my children on a Saturday, and you won’t even give me your name. You’re outrageous. You’re disgusting, you really are. How dare you behave like that?
The video cuts again, to William on the phone, informing whoever’s on the other end that, “I need you here,” because he’s had an altercation with a photographer. After he gets off the phone, he tells the guy, “Thank you for ruining our day.” Again, the photographer keeps playing innocent, but William says, “You knew exactly what you were doing! I thought you guys had learned by now.”
Kensington Palace told The Telegraph that it was a breach of the family’s privacy. The original video, which was uploaded to a YouTube account belonging to drone operator/photographer Terry Harris (he’s gotta be the guy behind the camera, but there’s no confirmation), is nowhere to be found. But there are still a few rattling around, including the shortened version.
Obviously, the Royals have a complicated past with the media and paparazzi. In 2005, William and Harry were posing for pictures with their dad, Prince Charles, on a ski slope in Switzerland. Charles was caught on a hot mic, telling his son, “I hate doing this. I hate these people.” Then there’s the fact that the paparazzi played a significant role in his mom Princess Diana’s death. Here’s what he said on the subject in a 2017 HBO documentary, via SkyNews:
“If you are the Princess of Wales and you’re a mother, I don’t believe being chased by 30 guys on motorbikes who block your path and make a woman cry in public to get the photograph,” he said. “I don’t believe that is appropriate.”
Honestly, the leaked photographer video is probably the most likable William’s ever been. I like my Royals like I like my titties: totally real, warts and all.
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