Prince William and Kate: Let It Be

The public appearances of Prince William and his girlfriend Kate are increasing.  So is the debate on how much press coverage they should receive.

CBS News reports from London reports that the paparazzi are giving the royal couple wide berth once they were in their car.

The growing number of UK editors and the public are adopting the view that even royals and celebrities have a right to a bit of privacy, and the Princess Diana inquest has brought the issue of the consequences into focus.

The fact that the couple chose to make their first public appearance since a much-reported break-up several months ago at the nightclub gives the impression they were in fact seeking the publicity.

Patrick Jephson, a former aide to Princess Diana, told CBS’ Saturday Early Show that there were eerie similarities between the coverage of Prince William and that fateful night in Paris, but thought the paparazzi’s pursuit was less aggressive.

“The footage that I’ve been shown actually doesn’t show anybody setting off in pursuit of Prince William’s car.

The spokesman is very careful to say that William expects to be photographed going in and out of night clubs [but] does not expect to be pursued by people on foot, or in vehicles or motorcycles, which he says is very dangerous.

“However, there are those who are perhaps rather cynically thinking this is William’s press spokesman trying to encourage a bit of favorable publicity for more tight privacy laws here in England.”

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