Where should a privacy-loving Princess go? Tassie
If Wills and Kate want privacy, they should holiday in Tasmania like Princess Mary does, where law reform has blurred the lines between public and private.
Woman’s Day have published the controversial shots of Kate’s baby bump, taken on a beach in Mustique. Kate and Wills were at first outraged last year by a long lenses paparazzi who shot into their secluded villa in Southern France, capturing Kate topless.
As pointed out by the editor of Woman’s Day, Fiona Connolly, who reportedly paid $150,000 for the photos, Kate was on a public beach, albeit one that did cost $30,000 a week and bills itself as ‘the world’s finest private island retreat’.
It was also claimed that the photographer was not a paparazzi but an opportunistic fellow guest at the hotel. The money must have helped pay a hefty hotel bill.
A Royal spokesperson said in response to news of the pictures: “This is a clear breach of the couple’s right to privacy.”
However, you live and learn. As Mary could explain, if Kate and Wills had holidayed on that other private island, Tasmania, both the topless villa outrage and the island beach would seem to breach Tasmania’s reformed Police Offenses Act, which states it’s illegal to visually record a person in circumstances where a reasonable person would expect to be afforded privacy and then distribute the images.
Take the experience of the media in 2010, when Mary, pregnant with twins, came home on a ‘private’ visit to see her sister in Hobart. Previously it was ok to photograph the princess at the home, as long as the photographer didn’t set foot on the property. Now, as the media were warned by the police at the time, the act of taking the photo was an intrusion in itself, no matter where they stood.
When the 2007 amendments were made, it was reported that former police minister David Llewellyn told State Parliament they were to prohibit “voyeuristic recordings or photographs by deviant or unscrupulous people”. But as the Mercury further reported in 2010, a police officer concurred that the laws were great for Mary. The Australian princess was reportedly thrilled by the change.
So with this in mind, where could Kate and Wills holiday in Tasmania? Thoughts are David Walsh’s MONA and its villas, Cradle Mountain Lodge and Freycinet. They could have a family getaway with Mary and (Prince) Fred with all the kids. It would be more private – and cheaper.
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