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Pippa Middleton vs. the Paparazzi: Leave Me Alone, or Else!

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Kate Middleton photos are what everyone wants. But pics of Pippa Middleton are much easier to get.

And how—in fact, paparazzi take nearly 400 snapshots a day (that's an average, not a peak) of the royal in-law. Sound like a bit much?

It certainly did to Pippa's legal team, who this week fired off letters to tabloid editors and the paparazzi whose relentless pursuit of the royal sister is, in the words of her lawyers, tantamount to both stalking and harassment.

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Conventional wisdom has concurred that since the paparazzi don't have easy access to daily photos of Kate, Pippa (who unlike her sister is not afforded a royal security team) is the next best thing, and have subsequently camped out in front of her London flat to get their photo fix.

While testifying last week in the ongoing inquiry into media ethics spawned by Rupert Murdoch in the U.K. (yes, it's still going on), Daily Mail picture editor Paul Silva claimed he gets pitched "about 300 to 400 pictures" a day of Kate's little sister.

"At the moment, there must be nine or 10 agencies outside her door every day."

Which seems to more than justify the first step Pippa's lawyers have taken in protecting the woman dubbed "Her Royal Hotness."

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Acting on Middleton's behalf, the lawyers have issued warning letters to individual paparazzi and their agencies telling them to lay off their harassment of the laywoman or face a lawsuit. The attorneys behind the fired-off letters are the same group who laid down the same ultimatum for Kate several years back.

"It is extremely intimidating to our client to have to face a group of unknown men outside her home and office who pursue her both day and night," the letter read, going on to say that Pippa suffered "serious distress and anxiety" as a result of the daily chronicling of her life.

Prior to the royal wedding last year, Britain's independent media watchdog, the Press Complaints Commission, issued its own warning to the press not to harass members of the Middleton family after photos of them reached a premium in the run-up to the big day.

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For what it's worth, the letter certainly seems to be working with one paper.

Silva said during his testimony that his paper would no longer run photos taken of Pippa unless they were shot at an event to which credentialed photographers were invited.

Let's see if they stick to it once she starts dating again.

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