04/08/2011

Middleton family sends warning to photographers ... politely

Pippa-middleton Pippa Middleton attends the wedding of Katie Percy to Patrick Valentine at St Michael's Church in Alnwick, Northumberland on February 26, 2011. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton's family have contacted the U.K.'s press complaint commission to raise concerns about coverage of Kate's mother Carol and her sister Pippa.

"Following some incidents of alleged harassment and pursuit by agencies and freelancers, the Middleton family through the PCC has sought to draw the attention of editors to their concerns," said a spokesman for St. James's Palace.

While no formal complaint was made, the commission sent an advisory notice to editors, reminding them of the voluntary code of practice for newspapers which reads: "journalists must not engage in intimidation, harassment or persistent pursuit."

The commission also suggested the papers "take care" when using images provided outside agencies.

The complaint seems to stem form a recent incident when Carol and Pippa Middleton were followed by paparazzi on a shopping trip in London's Chelsea shopping district, reports the BBC.

This isn't the first time the Middleton's have expressed concern about how they are covered by the press.  In 2005 Kate's lawyer sent a letter to editors after a picture showing Kate riding looking out of the window of a London bus was published.

The presses coverage of Kate has drawn comparisons to the hounding of Princess Diana, who died in a car crash while being pursued by paparazzi on mopeds in Paris in 1997.

The press code of practise was strengthened in the U.K. after Diana's death.

War hasn't been declared between Middleton and the papers, yet.

"The Middleton family and St James' Palace remain grateful to editors for their restraint and adherence to the code over the past few months,"the St James's Palace spokesman added.

Kate doll hits store shelves

Kate-doll Move over scary Kate doll number one, a new plastic princess is hitting the toy shelves, set to terrorize children the world over.

The Limited Edition Princess Catherine Engagement Doll was launched Thursday at Hamley's in London.

The Barbie-esque bride-to-be is kitted out in a blue dress with matching sparkling gold high heels and handbag.  She also has something officially entitled as a "Bucklebury Fascinator" perched on her forehead. It's pink and possibly a hat.

The doll was fitted with wears from seven British designers.

At least some of the proceeds from the dolls sale will be donated to charity.

The wait is on...

If you are not a dignitary, please take your seat in Westminster Abbey for the royal wedding at 8:30 a.m., two and a half hours before the ceremony begins.

That's the latest request Buckingham Palace has made to wedding guests, reports AFP.

Foreign dignitaries and royals are allowed to wander in at 10 a.m (complete wedding day schedule here.)

Better bring your Kate doll to play with.

And while you're waiting ...

Perhaps you'd like to offer a little prayer for the well-being of the royals couple. The Church of England and the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales have issued special prayers for the wedding.

Here's the Catholic version:

Heavenly Father,
we ask your blessing
upon his Royal Highness, Prince William and Catherine
as they pledge their love for each other in marriage.
May your love unite them through their lives.
Grant them the strength to serve you, our country and the Commonwealth
with integrity and faithfulness.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen

The Church of England takes a similar tone, naturally:

God of all grace,
friend and companion,
look in favour on William and Catherine
and all who are made one in marriage.
In your love deepen their love
and strengthen their wills
to keep the promises they will make,
that they may continue
in life-long faithfulness to each other; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

And just in case the kids feel left out, the church has also supplied them with some spiritual words for the couple:

Dear Jesus,
we pray for Prince William and Catherine Middleton
as they get ready for their wedding day.
Keep them safe,
make them happy
and help them
to look after each other always. Amen

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