COLUMN: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in a difficult situation

James Taylor.
James Taylor.

It’s pleasing to see the the Duchess of Cambridge return to royal duties, welcoming the President of Singapore on his State Visit and attending wildlife photography awards at the Natural History Museum.

The last few weeks have not been good for the Duchess – suffering from severe morning sickness and also instructing solicitors to write legal letters to photographers, one of which it is alleged has repeatedly taken photographs of Prince George.

The issue is a difficult one. The Duke and Duchess, quite rightly, want to protect their privacy and that of Prince George but, at the same time, there are many loyal subjects who want to see the Royal Family.

There have been relatively few occasions for us to see Prince George in this country: his departure from hospital as a newborn, his baptism and a special photographic session for his first birthday.

When I attended the Trooping the Colour ceremony this June, there was a sense of disappointment from the crowd that the little Prince was not taken out onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace after the ceremony.

With a second child on the way, it’s to be hoped that the Duke and Duchess can reach a compromise to satisfy both their privacy and loyal members of the public who want to see the heirs to the throne.