Peter Phillips has caused controversy after allowing a holiday resort to release pictures of him on honeymoon with new wife Autumn Kelly.
The couple – who came under fire for selling pictures from their wedding to Hello magazine of £500,000 – have sparked speculation they received their £1,000-a-night accommodation at the five-star Tuningi Lodge in South Africa for free or at a reduced rate after allowing the resort to release three pictures.
Peter and Autumn pose next to prominent logos for the lodge in two of the photos, which were accompanied by a press release.
It read: “They enjoyed sensational sightings of elephants, lions, leopards and wild dogs on daily game drives mixed with total relaxation, pampering and delicious cuisine at the supremely comfortable Tuningi Safari Lodge.
“The five-star lodge ensured their first African safari together was filled with romantic touches, organising dinner a deux under the stars, breakfast out in the bush and a private safari guide to maximise enjoyment and guarantee unique memories.”
The couple spent four days at the game reserve, arriving two days after their May 17 wedding.
A spokeswoman for the resort said the photographs had been released with the royal couple’s consent but refused say if they had paid for their stay.
She said: “‘I really do not know whether they paid the full price or whether they received a discount. We have been told not to issue that detail.
“We were simply told that Autumn and Peter had such a great time that they were happy to pose for some pictures, which we then decided to release. I understand that they have a connection with someone at the lodge and they were more than happy to have these pictures released. It is our job to get maximum exposure for the lodge.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “We do not comment on behalf of members of the royal family who are not on the Civil List.”