Kate Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Baby, Prince William

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Kate Middleton and Prince William have taken steps to make sure no paparazzi snap photos of their family at a private royal estate, days after the birth of their second child, daughter Princess Charlotte.

Their communications secretary has sent a letter to several members of the press, politely reiterating a request for privacy, as seen in a photo BBC News posted on Thursday.

A day earlier, Kate and William brought their newborn baby girl and her big brother Prince George, age 1 and 1/2, to Anmer Hall, their 10-bedroom home located on Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England

The letter reads as follows:

"Dear Sir/Madam, As you are aware, Anmer Hall is part of the Sandringham Estate, which is a private estate and whilst in residence, members of the Royal Family and their guests have a more than reasonable expectation of privacy.

There have in the past been a number of intrusions into the privacy of the Royal Family, which in the main have been as a result of professional photographers using long distance lenses, not only to observe the Royal Family, but also to photograph them going about their activities on the Estate. Following warnings given to photographers and the photographic agencies involved, the position has greatly improved. However, we would remind you again of the position. The Sandringham Estate trusts that there will not be a need to take any further action other than bringing these points to your attention.

With the above matters in mind, we would reiterate the clear request for acts of harassment and breaches of privacy to cease.

Communications Secretary to TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge."

Norfolk Police told BBC News that officers distributed copies of the letter on behalf of the royal couple.

A Kensington Palace spokeswoman told the outlet the letter was "handed to individuals found operating on or around the Sandringham estate," adding, "The warm-hearted and understandable interest in the Royal Family and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge needs to be balanced with their right to private family life—this is especially important for a family with very young children."

Princess Charlotte was born on May 2 at St. Mary's Hospital in London and her parents appeared in public with her hours after her birth, allowing photographers outside the medical center to take the first photos of her, before leaving for their main home, Kensington Palace.

Before Kate delivered the child, William brought George to the hospital to visit his baby sister and allowed him to be photographed as well, marking the first time the public got to see the little prince in months.

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