Just when we think Prince William and Duchess Kate are just like us, they go and get crazy, costly renovations done to one of their vast homes. Or they go and do something like this. Will and Kate have temporarily traded in their Kensington Palace digs for their country house, Anmer Hall (a gift from the Queen, naturally), in order to get away from the city and prying eyes. But the move wasn’t enough.
There are still bad guys wielding cameras, doing whatever they have to do to snap a photo of the Cambridges, so the royals did what anyone in their position would do. They asked for a no-fly zone over their home.
Ask and ye shall receive.
The royal couple were granted permission to enforce a no-fly zone over their new country mansion in a bid to stop photographs being taken of their distinctive red-brick house, reports the Daily Mail. All aircraft — and that includes drones, people — are to be banned from flying within 2.5 km of Anmer Hall, beginning in November.
The Department for Transport agreed the ban is required, “in view of the need for security for the Royal Family.” So pics like this will no longer be taken.
The only aircraft that are permitted on the property are emergency services aircraft, including Prince William’s employer, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Anmer Hall is situated on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, and similar regulations are likely to be enforced beginning in December. Which means we won’t be seeing any pics of the royal family during the Christmas holidays, when many of them are there. Sigh.
It’s understandable, though, what with the drones and telephoto lenses and whatever else the paparazzi arm themselves with to get a good shot. Supermodel Bar Rafaeli requested to close the air space over her wedding venue (which caused quite a kerfuffle in Israel) and even Yeezus himself, Kanye West, petitioned for a no-fly zone over the family home (but he was probably just laughed at when they realized who his wife is).
See — you can’t have everything. Unless you’re a royal.