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Queen Elizabeth II tells paparazzi to back off

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Queen Elizabeth II visits the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, on Dec. 2.Indigo / Getty Images Europe
/ Source: The Associated Press

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has warned newspapers not to run unauthorized paparazzi photos of the royal family.

A lawyer for the British monarch has written to newspaper editors telling them not to publish intrusive photos of the family at home, Buckingham Palace said.

The palace said Sunday that the letter was sent "in response to many years of the royal family being hounded by photographers on the queen's private property."

The royal family has long had an uncomfortable relationship with photographers. Some people feel media hounding contributed to the death of Princess Diana in a car crash in 1997.

More recently, Prince William and Prince Harry have been snapped emerging from nightclubs and William's girlfriend Kate Middleton was pursued outside her home.