When it comes to privacy, nothing is too extreme for Kate Middleton and Prince William. The couple have been outspoken in their distaste for the sneaky tactics employed by paparazzi in an effort to snap photos of their young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Now, the royal couple are going to great lengths to ensure their home is a safe haven for both them and their children.
According to Daily Mail the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been given the OK to have the airspace above Anmer Hall designated as a no-fly zone. This means no aircrafts, including drones, will be allowed to fly within 1.5 miles of the country estate. These restrictions do not apply to emergency aircraft services such as the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency. The Department for Transport claimed they approved the request because of "the need for security for the Royal Family." The no-fly zone regulations will be valid starting in November.
Kate and William, both 33, have requested similar regulations be put into effect over their Sandringham House. The request has been approved and will go into effect from Dec. 1 to March 1, 2016. The publication reports the specific time period was chosen to cover the Christmas holiday, during which Queen Elizabeth II and many other members of the family will be gathered at the residence.
Anmer Hall as gifted to Kate and William by the queen. The 10-room mansion is located in Norfolk, England, a small town of 100 residents. Shortly after Princess Charlotte's birth in May, the couple decided to move into Anmer Hall for the summer, escaping the paparazzi circus surrounding Kensington Palace in London. They were welcomed by locals who made sure to have cattle in their fields for the children, mainly the couple's eldest child, Prince George, now 2, to look at as they drove into town. The couple spent the summer adjusting to life as a family of four. In an effort to better acclimate they decided to forego adding to their staff, bringing only their longtime nanny, Maria Teresa Borrallo, with them. They also enlisted the help of Kate's mother, Carole Middleton, who spent a vast majority of her time visiting with the family.
This isn't the first time the royals have had to address the paparazzi. In May, shortly after relocating, Kate and William penned a letter calling on the paparazzi to stop the "acts of harassment" following the birth of their daughter. The letter stated that while on their many private properties the prince and rrincess have "a more reasonable expectation of privacy." They requested that photographers no longer use illegal long-range lenses to capture photos of them at home with their children.