Prince Harry is said to be “incensed” that private photographs of him at his cousin Peter Phillips wedding have been sold to celebrity gossip magazine Hello!
The 23-year-old royal was reportedly aware of Peter and new wife Autumn Kelly’s UKP500,000 deal with the publication, but did not realise informal shots of him and girlfriend Chelsy Davy would be printed.
Harry’s 25-year-old brother William – who was not at the nuptials – is also said to be angry about the photos of his girlfriend Kate Middleton at the ceremony in Windsor’s St. George’s Chapel and subsequent reception at the nearby Frogmore House appearing in the magazine.
A source said: “Peter is a very popular member of the British Royal Family. William and Harry are very fond of him. However, what seemed to have been a clever way to raise some money has sensationally backfired.
“There is no way that Prince William and Prince Harry would have agreed to be pictured in this way at what was supposed to be a private family event.”
Chelsy appears in 16 photographs in the magazine, while Kate appears in 13.
Another source added: “The fear is that this whole tacky episode makes it look as though the Royals have behaved no better than a bunch of footballers’ wives. This unprecedented situation is nothing short of an outrage.
“Royals and private family events simply should not be put up for sale. There is certainly going to be an inquest into how this was allowed to happen.”
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace refused to comment, saying only: “None of these arrangements were made by Buckingham Palace or the Queen’s staff.”
However, Hello! editor Kay Goddard has denied any wrongdoing, insisting she has received no complaints about the issue.
She said: “The photographs were done with the greatest respect. We have not received a single complaint from any member of the Royal Family.”