The Press Complaints Commission has issued a warning to newspaper editors over alleged “harassment and pursuit” of Kate Middleton’s family by journalists.
The Middletons have not made a formal complaint to the PCC but the organisation has sent an advisory note to remind titles of their obligations under the editors’ code of practice.
Kate’s mother Carole and sister Pippa have been photographed in recent days out shopping in London.
A St James’s Palace spokesman said: “No formal PCC complaint has been made by the Middleton family about any breaches of the editors’ code.
“However, following some incidents of alleged harassment and pursuit by agencies and freelancers, the Middleton family, through the PCC, have sought to draw the attention of editors to their concerns.
“The Middleton family and St James’s Palace remain grateful to editors for their restraint and adherence to the code over the past few months.”
A PCC spokesman said: “We can confirm the Middleton family did contact us through representatives and we did send out a private advisory notice on April 6 advising editors to be aware of their obligations under the editors’ code of practice.”