Royal Family privacy must be defended
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
ACM does not agree that "'You can’t be second in line to the throne and not expect to be photographed,'' as one site argued. 

Nor do we agree that because the photographs and videos have been published we should.

Otherwise it can be argued that the Royal Family is open game for the media, as one prominent privacy expert once argued to our national convenor. That argument is strengthened if some monarchists are seen as going along with it. 

Everyone is entitled to their privacy, and the Duke and Duchess were entitled to be free from invasive telescopic lens where they assumed that they were in private.

The fact that the pictures are charming has nothing to do with it.  That the Royal Couple were reported to have downplayed the matter should not persuade us to abandon the principle that the Royal Family are not entitled to their privacy. One monarchist site said respecting their privacy was optional, like bowing or curtseying. This is not to understand what is in issue.    

In the meantime The Times in London reports that the Australian media has been accused of invading the privacy of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge' after pictures were published showing the couple walking in the garden of the governor-general's residence in Canberra.

In accordance with ACM's policy to respect the privacy of our Royal Family, in the link below we have deleted an offending albeit nice photograph of the Duchess and the baby Prince and inserted one of Yarralumla.