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Prince Charles’ office complained Friday

October 20, 2000

LONDON (AP) _ Prince Charles’ office complained Friday to Britain’s press watchdog agency over photographs published in a British magazine showing Prince William in the Chilean jungle.

The pictures in the latest issue of OK! magazine show the 18-year-old prince wearing combat gear and a large backpack as he makes his way through the jungle. Other shots, taken with a long-lens camera, show the prince in shorts and a T-shirt using a rope to cross a cascading river.

St James’s Palace has repeatedly requested privacy for William, who is taking a year off to work and travel before starting his studies at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland.

Stephen Lamport, private secretary to Prince Charles, called the published photographs ``immensely disappointing.″

In a letter to Lord Wakeham, chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, Lamport said the photographs ``emerged as a result of the continuing _ if thankfully _ sporadic activities of the Chilean paparazzi.″

Lamport wrote that while other British media have refrained from publishing the photographs, ``OK!’s actions will, in our view, have the effect of inflating the market for such photographs and of encouraging further intrusive photography.″

OK! magazine did not immediately return a call for comment.

The elder son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana is in Chile as part of an international expedition where he is working with 110 other young volunteers in a remote area of Patagonia on environmental and community projects. William raised the $8,000 for the trip himself.

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