Paparazzi Resort to Using Drones to Capture Celebrities, Leading British Royalty to Call Police

The paparazzi have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, with celebrities in lockdown leading to a 95 percent drop in output. It seems paparazzi are resorting to even more invasive methods by flying drones very low over celebrity residences.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently staying at Tyler Perry's mansion in Los Angeles and have reported multiple drone encounters to the LAPD, which friends say have been nearly constant, resulting in five separate reports on May 9, 19, 20, 21, and 25. Incidents include a drone flying over the property when the couple was playing with their baby, Archie, and other encounters in which drones were as low as just 20 feet over the estate. Unsurprisingly, the couple says they have been hounded by the paparazzi whenever they have left the property, but the drones represent an even bigger invasion of privacy. A friend of the couple says they have experienced incidents in which Los Angeles paparazzi have chased them in cars and nearly caused traffic accidents due to their aggressive driving, and this, coupled with the drone encounters leaves them simply wanting to ensure the safety of their family. It is not clear at this time what sort of legal action might be taken to stop the incidents. 

Lead image by Mark Jones, used under Creative Commons.

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Jan Holler's picture

F-Stopper: Please DO NOT post anything about those two above. They are omnipresent in the news and newspapers. Every day I have to look at those pampered "i do not have to work" faces.

Jasper Stone's picture

" It seems paparazzi are resorting to even more invasive methods by flying drones very low over celebrity residences."
This is not about them, they are an example, it is about paparazzi now using drones.

Jan Holler's picture

Yes, I know. It just happened that for the last several months their photos (with always the same expression) popped up all the time around here (Europe). I was carried away, sorry.

Edison Wrzosek's picture

What an asinine comment, you should be ashamed of yourself!

sam dasso's picture

Don't know about LA laws, but at 20 feet it is no brainier to shoot them down with a pellet gun or even slingshot. Harry has some military training and they have security guards who could do it.

JetCity Ninja's picture

This is what CO2-powered shotguns are for.

Andrew Johnson's picture

They are not British royalty anymore correct? Didn't they lose that?