Dutch royals to go to court over ski photos

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The Dutch crown prince and princess want US wire agency Associate Press to pull four photographs of them on a ski holiday in South America.

The Hague – The crown prince of the Netherlands and his princess are going to court to get US wire agency Associated Press (AP) to withdraw photographs of them on a ski holiday in South America, a royal spokesman said Wednesday.
Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima want AP to pull the four images from its database and promise never again to take photos of them outside of official functions, spokesman Chris Breedveld told AFP.

"These photos are worthless in terms of general interest news," he said, referring to the pictures of the royal couple and their five-year-old daughter Catharina-Amalia at a ski resort in Argentina in July.

The AP bureau in Amsterdam, contacted by AFP, declined to comment.

But the news agency has previously said that the pictures were taken "at a respectful distance" and that the Dutch royals were public figures at a public ski resort outside the Netherlands.

"The AP believes it has the right to photograph them as such," it said.

Several Dutch news media that published the photos have pledged to not distribute images of the royal family in private moments, bowing to a palace request.

The request for a court order is to be heard on 14 August, but Breedveld said it would be withdrawn if the AP reverses its stance.

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