When news broke of Princess Diana's death in a car crash in Paris, headlines about her being “hounded to her death” by the paparazzi were splashed across the papers.
Fifteen years later her two sons are facing similar battles over their privacy, with the pictures of Prince Harry naked that emerged last week crystallising the debate over press intrusion and ethical journalism.
Prince Harry's modesty was protected by most of the British newspapers, who refused to publish the pictures. Whilst many editors claimed it was to respect his privacy, some accused the media of cosying up to the royals.
The young royal was in Sin City for a weekend break, having completed his first official overseas tour and fulfilled his role as an Olympic Ambassador.
Controversially Rupert Murdoch ordered The Sun to run the pictures. In the wake of the Leveson Inquiry and the possibility of a tighter media guidelines, he claimed running the Prince Harry pictures was a "crucial test" of Britain's free press.
But if Prince Harry's bottom can be splashed across the front page, where should the press draw the line?
A UK inquest into Princess Diana's death four years ago ruled she was killed in a car crash because her driver and pursuing paparazzi were reckless - behaviour tantamount to manslaughter.
After her death the editors' code of practice was changed, with any kind of harassment forbidden. The Press Complaints Commission said it would more carefully monitor when newspapers were at risk of intrusion.
However pictures of the royals sharing private moments continue to emerge. Kate and William were snapped on their honeymoon with a telephoto lens and one publication was sued when the couple were pictured on a yacht. Are today's young royals to battle with the press in the same way that Princess Diana did or have we learnt our lesson?
Peter Sands has worked as a writer and editor on newspapers for almost 30 years and now runs Press Association training. He told The Huffington Post UK that the press still view the royals as “fair game” but more editors are hestitating in the wake of Leveson.
“There’s been no real backlash against the press since Diana died, the major factor affecting the press has been Leveson, the closure of the News of the World and phone hacking. It means the media will stand off investigative work. At the moment they are licking their wounds.”
Sands suggests the resurgance of royal popularity and the pomp and ceremony of the jubilee year protected the Prince and Duchess of Cambridge from having their honeymoon pictures published.
"There’s been a swing of popularity towards Kate and William and the press don’t want to rock the boat. The pictures of Kate in her bikini didn’t make her look good," Sands opines. "If you had published them you would have faced a backlash from readers.
"I don't think the press made the decision collectively on the pictures, they just decided what their readers wanted. "
His view was echoed by Stephen Baxter of the New Statesman who argued: "The stock of the royal family is at such a high that newspapers fear a reader backlash more than the regulators."
The press watchdog received 3600 complaints after the Sun chose to publish the pictures of naked Prince Harry,
However for Sands, it is the Leveson Inquiry that is influencing editors' decisions, not the death of Diana.
"Newspapers aren’t behaving any differently because of the death of Diana," he claims.
"The press still published pictures of Prince Harry dressed as a Nazi.
"It’s the Leveson Inquiry that’s made things change. We’ve seen it in training. It’s much more important to papers to make sure people are up to scratch with their media ethics, and making sure journalists aren’t crossing the line."
Leveson has just reminded us of the media's complicity in the death of Princess Diana. Amazing to think no real changes stemmed from that.— Dan Roberts (@RobertsDan) May 29, 2012
Professor Nick Couldry of Goldsmiths College in London told The Huffington Post UK that editors may have been cautious over the Harry pictures because of Leveson but raised concerns over how news is actually gathered, rather than what is published.
“I would expect some caution by newspaper editors and their much-criticised regulator, the Press Complaints Commission, in relation to the highest profile cases, such as those involving the Royal Family.
“But that is very different from an actual change in the standards and ethics of how most news is gathered.”
He suggests Murdoch’s reasons for publishing the pictures of Harry were unlikely to motivated by concerns over a free press.
"I am sceptical about the claims of The Sun to have published the recent Prince Harry photos out of an altruistic desire to assert the values of a free press: the potential commercial advantage of publication was obvious, and the risks, given the already very wide general circulation of the photos, of any legal action being taken by the Royal Family were fairly minimal."
Media lawyer Mark Thompson told the Leveson Inquiry that the paparazzi had not learnt their lessons from Diana's death. However Couldry believes the true test of that is yet to be seen.
"The real test of whether British journalistic culture has shifted to bring aspects of it more into line with the ethical standards that its readers might expect of public institutions will be how effectively and promptly the press responds to Leveson's actual recommendations. We must wait and see."
FAMILY PICTURE OF LADY DIANA SPENCER IN HER PRAM AT PARK HOUSE, SANDRINGHAM, NORFOLK. * Picture Circa 1963/1964
Lady Diana Spencer aged 2 years old taken at Park House, Sandrigham, Norfolk
Lady Diana Spencer ages 3 years old at Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk.
A family album picture of Lady Diana Spencer at Park House in Sandringham, Norfolk, taken when she was a toddler, circa 1965
Lady Diana Spencer poses barefoot with a croquet mallet whilst on holiday in 1970 at Itchenor Sussex.
Family album picture of Lady Diana Spencer with Souffle, a Shetland pony, at her mother's home in Scotland during the summer of 1974.
Family album picture of Lady Diana Spencer at Itchenor, West Sussex, England in 1970
Princess Diana arrives at the Tate Gallery for the centenary gala dinner.
Princess Diana with H.R.H The Queen Mother at Remembrance Sunday with Prince Edward and Princess Anne.
Princess Diana with William
Princess Diana in India 1992.
PRINCESS DIANA CRIES WHILE ON VISIT TO ROYAL NATIONAL ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL AT STANMORE. 1/7/92
Lady Diana Spencer aged 19, smiles at waiting photographers as she leaves her London flat for a shopping trip to Knightsbridge.
Lady Diana being pursued by the London press near her London flat aged 19
Lady Diana Spencer, youngest daughter of Earl Spencer, at work at a kindergarten in St. George's Square, Pimlico, London, where she was a teacher.
Lady Diana Spencer being pursued by the media as she leaves her London flat
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