Video of Prince William, the future king of England, getting into a spat with a paparazzo has appeared online, where he confronts the photographer while out on a bike ride with his family.
A video of Prince William in a fit of rage surfaced on YouTube recently but has since been deleted. The irate Duke of Cambridge was angry with the photographer for “harassing” his children in footage that was filmed in late 2021 but has only just come to light.
The three-minute video shows the Duke of Cambridge telling the man off for “stalking around” his kids. His wife Kate and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are off-camera nearby.
In the leaked footage, Prince William, who was wearing a down jacket, green gloves, and a tweed cap, says: “You came out here looking for us.”
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The photographer defends himself by saying he would have stopped filming if he had realized who it was.
“You drove past our house, I saw you,” Kate can be heard saying.
“How dare you behave like you’ve done with my children. How dare you,” William says.
“You were stalking around, you were looking for us and our children. I’m out for 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, which had been viewed more than 20,000 times, was posted to the YouTube account of Terry Harris — a press and PR photographer based in Peterborough, UK.
“Thanks for ruining our day,” William says, after making a call to his security to explain he had had an “altercation” with a photographer.
“You knew exactly what you were doing. I thought you guys had learnt by now.”
Kensington Palace has responded to the incident by arguing it was a breach of the family’s privacy, The Telegraph reports.
A Strained Relationship with Photographers
It was not the first time the Duke of Cambridge has been hounded by paparazzi, who he blames for playing a significant role in his mother Princess Diana’s death, reports Sky News Australia.
In 2017, Prince William spoke candidly about his mother’s reaction to the paparazzi in an HBO documentary about the Royal Family’s struggle with media attention.
“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 says.
“I don’t believe that is appropriate.”