Prince George: official Christmas photos revealed
The royal toddler smiles on the steps of Kensington Palace wearing his sought-after Cath Kidston vest
Three official portraits of Prince George have been released in time for Christmas by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The 16-month-old toddler, who is third in line to the throne, can be seen smiling on the stone steps of a courtyard in Kensington Palace.
It has been almost five months since the prince was last seen in official photographs and a royal spokesperson made clear that the new pictures were released partially as a thank you to the media for not publishing any unauthorised photographs.
A statement from Kensington Palace said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released the images in "grateful acknowledgment of the fact that their request for Prince George to grow up without intrusion from photography has been, and continues to be, honoured".
According to the BBC, the photographs were taken in late November by Prince Harry's private secretary and freelance photographer Ed Lane Fox.
The images, released by Clarence House on Twitter, were shared more than 10,000 times.
The Daily Telegraph points out that designers have sold out of stock previously worn by the prince. "The 'George effect' was coined shortly after the prince was born when sales of the swaddling blanket he was wrapped in as he left hospital rose by 600% in the following week," says the newspaper.
Cath Kidston no longer stocks the top, but has confirmed that it will be added back into its children's wear range in 2015 "due to popular demand". Meanwhile, people who already own the vest have been putting it on eBay in a bid to make some cash.
Prince George: photographer told to stop 'harassing' royal baby
2 October 2014
Lawyers for Prince William and Kate Middleton have issued a warning to a freelance photographer who was allegedly "harassing" Prince George.
The couple are apparently concerned that the paparazzi have been pursuing their son during walks in London parks with his nanny. The final straw came last week when a man tried to take pictures of the young prince in Battersea Park, reports the Evening Standard.
One senior royal source told reporters the individual had already been spoken to by royal protection officers about his behaviour on previous occasions over the past five years.
BBC royal editor Nicholas Witchell says palace officials believe the photographer's actions amount to "stalking".
A statement from Kensington Palace said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were prompted to take action after the man was spotted near the young prince.
"No parent would tolerate the suspicion of someone pursuing and harassing their child and carer," said Kensington Palace officials.
"There is reason to suspect that the individual may have been placing Prince George under surveillance and monitoring his daily routines for a period of time.
"The duke and duchess understand the particular public role that Prince George will one day inherit but while he is young, he must be permitted to lead as ordinary a life as possible."
The Evening Standard's royal editor Robert Jobson notes that so far no unofficial photographs of Prince George have been published in UK newspapers and magazines. Some have, however, apparently appeared in magazines abroad.
"Perhaps, given the role Prince George will one day play, more set-piece photo opportunities could be arranged in the future," he says. "That would probably reduce the marketing opportunities for paparazzi photographs in an instant."