Prince William’s nightmares about Kate and the Paparazzi
The most famous motor vehicle accident in the history of the world claimed the life of Prince William’s mother and was the start of years of nightmares. “Pure terror,” is how William would describe the frightening dreams from which he would regularly wake up shaking and sweating.
In the dream, the paparazzi are chasing a beautiful princess in a speeding car. Yet the princess is not Diana, and the highways are not those of Paris. In William’s nightmare the photographers are pursuing the love of his life, Kate Middleton; and the streets are those of London.
During William and Kate’s nine year courtship, the Prince was reassured that his security detail would protect Kate when they were together. However, any time that Kate was away from William, she was preyed about by the insatiable British paparazzi. They would stalk her in the grocery store, pop out of alleys and bushes, and blind her with their flashes as she emerged from the gym.
If you have never experienced being hounded by a hundred photographers, it is difficult to imagine how daunting the experience can be. “It’s worse,” Princess Diana used to state, “than sexual abuse.”
For a while Prince Charles paid for a private security guard to protect Kate, however it was deemed either inappropriate or illegal for a member of the royal family to pay for the security detail of a commoner — no matter that she was the most famous girlfriend on the planet.
Scotland Yard spent over three years and enormous resources on Operation Paget, to determine the cause of Princess Diana’s death. In the end, the conclusion was as ordinary as it was obvious: the driver’s blood alcohol was three times the legal limit at the time that he drove Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed. However, Diana’s boys always blamed the “bloody paparazzi” for their mother’s death. It is a given that they would not have needed to be driving so fast had they not been trying to shake off the paparazzi who were trailing them in cars and motorcycles.
As we have poignantly shown in the Protect Princess Kate video, let us hope and pray that the media has learned its lesson, and that Princess Kate will be treated respectfully.
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