Police have explained they have been issuing increasing numbers of privacy warnings on The Queen’s Sandringham Estate. Royal news.
A Freedom of Information request has shown that almost 50 warnings have been handed out to those loitering around Her Majesty’s Norfolk home – where she is currently in residence – with cameras.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their children, George and Charlotte, are also currently at Sandringham, as William continues his air-ambulance piloting, and Prince George attends a local nursery. The Cambridge family live at Anmer Hall, around 2 miles from Sandringham House itself.
Norfolk Police handed out 13 letters during 2014, and 36 by the end of November; it has not been revealed whether these warnings were for trespassing or harassment, as the police do not have the manpower to look into this.
Most of those warned are members of the media, it is thought.
Each letter reminds the individual that Sandringham is a private estate – owned by The Queen personally and not the Sovereign – and that, as such, each individual can expect to have privacy here, despite being a public figure and member of the Royal Family.
“Whilst in residence on the estate, members of the Royal Family and their guests have more than a reasonable expectation of privacy,” says the letter.
“The understandable interest to film and photograph the Royal Family needs to be balanced with their rights to a private family life.”
Any media who wish to film or take photos of the estate are asked to contact the Sandringham Estate for permisisons.