The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles, on Thursday, after drones were allegedly used to photograph their 14-month-old son Archie in the back garden of their home.
The incident included drones being flown as low as 20ft above the house as often as three times a day, and helicopters hovering over the home, disturbing neighbours and waking baby Archie.
The couple said they that they drew the line at photographers invading the privacy of their home, despite not objecting to paparazzi shots while out and about.
The couple allege that the photos were instead taken of activities in the back yard of their home, without their knowledge.
According to court documents, “the unscrupulous people shopping these photographs have not innocently mislabelled the photographs as having been taken in a public place.”
“They have done so intentionally, because they know that unsolicited photographs of a young child in the privacy of his own home are very much unlawful.”
“The fact that the images at issue remain in the possession of an unknown adult, having already been shown and shared to hundreds if not thousands of potential buyers, is disgusting and wrong.”
“The sole point to taking and/or selling such invasive photos is to profit from a child. Such sales, in turn, stoke the paparazzi market and lead to ever more harassment.
A statement from the couple’s lawyers added: “Every individual and family member in California is guaranteed by law the right to privacy in their home. No drones, helicopters or telephoto lenses can take away that right.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are filing this lawsuit to protect their young son’s right to privacy in their home without intrusion by photographers, and to uncover and stop those who seek to profit from these illegal actions.”