Hear any yelps of protest today from Kensington Palace? No?
Odd, because once again Duchess Kate of Cambridge has been snapped by paparazzi while on private vacation and, for the first time, Prince George, looking as adorable as all six-month-old babies do, was snapped with her.
"Prince George papped!" screamed the tongue-in-cheek headline on the Daily Beast's Royalistcolumn.
The pictures, with Kate dressed in a striped sailor-style top and George in a blue onesie with a little striped sunhat, were published on the cover of and across eight pages of Europe's Hello! magazine, on sale now.
They are notable because they are the first surreptitious paparazzi shots of the third-in-line to the throne; they mark the first overseas trip for George, born July 22; and they are the first pictures taken of him in public since his christening in October.
They were taken last week as Kate, clutching George on her hip, got off a plane at a public airport en route to the Caribbean island of Mustique. She joined the Middleton family, celebrating her mother Carole's 59th birthday, on their annual winter holidayon the private, pricey, no-media-allowed resort. Prince William, who is in the midst of a 10-week course at Cambridge, did not go with them.
But there were no official objections to the pictures from the Cambridge press operation at Kensington Palace today.
"Royal sources said Kensington Palace had not objected to the pictures — in which the duchess is groomed and smiling — because they were taken 'in a public place, without any harassment or pursuit,' " reported The Telegraph.
Ordinarily, the royals, through their press people, object vociferously when unsanctioned pictures of them in their private lives appear in the media. Citing invasion of privacy, the Cambridges are fighting in court in Europe to protest topless paparazzi photos of her published in 2012.
Last year, the palace claimed invasion of privacy when pictures of pregnant Kate in a bikini on a beach in Mustique were published in Europe. Last week, The Telegraphnoted, the palace persuaded British media not to publish paparazzi shots of William at a train station in Cambridge looking out of sorts.
But if the royals object to some photos and not to others, it may look like image control is more important to them than privacy, according to legal experts cited byThe Telegraph. And that could make it more difficult to control images of George when Will and Kate take him with them for a month-long official tour of New Zealandand Australia in April.