Don't harass Middleton family, U.K. media told
Royal wedding to be shown on giant screens
Britain’s media watchdog has asked paparazzi not to harass the family of Prince William’s fiancée, Kate Middleton, as the couple prepare for their wedding, three weeks away.
The independent Press Complaints Commission said Thursday that it has received a request from Middleton's family urging photographers to honour the country's editors' code of practice, which states that journalists "must not engage in intimidation, harassment or persistent pursuit."
Photographers were singled out for possibly having acted harassingly after several U.K. newspapers published photos Wednesday of Middleton's younger sister, Pippa, and their mother, Carole, out shopping in London.
The Middletons have passed on their concerns, but have not made an official complaint to the media watchdog about any breach of the conduct code, a spokesman for the British royal family said.
However, the complaints commission has sent an advisory to newspaper, magazine and broadcast editors to remind them of their obligations under the code.
More plans for wedding festivities unveiled
William and Kate's nuptials will be broadcast live on giant screens set up in central London, complete with food and drinks stands and a Ferris wheel to add to a celebratory atmosphere, officials said Thursday.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for London to show the world how we relish our traditions and that we know how to throw a party," Mayor Boris Johnson said.
Tens of thousands of well-wishers are expected to flock to London for the April 29 wedding, although most will not be able to get a good view as access to the procession route and the ceremony will be limited.
The giant television screens will be set up in Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park, showing a bird's eye view of the royal procession and the ceremony inside Westminster Abbey.
A temporary Ferris wheel will also go up at Hyde Park to offer views over the parks. As for the party's dress code, organizers have some advice.
"Dress for the weather, but get in the wedding mood and wear a hat," Johnson's office said.
With files from The Associated Press