Watch CBSN Live

"Cruel" reports in U.K. about Kate Middleton mom

As the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton approaches, Middleton's family is learning the hard way what it's like to be in the spotlight the press focuses on the British royal family.

CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella reported on "The Early Show on Saturday Morning" that British authorities have "politely" told the paparazzi to "back off" from taking pictures of the Middletons.

The "tipping point," Cobiella said, was when newspapers published pictures of Kate's mother and sister shopping in London. "They said they felt harassed," Cobiella said, adding that, "The family already has security stationed outside their home."

Special section: Britain's royal wedding

And CBS News royal contributor Victoria Arbiter noted to co-anchor Rebecca Jarvis that, "Taking pictures is one thing. But it's the reports that are coming out that are so cruel.

"And there's this sentiment in England that you're not supposed to jump your class. Carol is from a very working-class background, and somehow, she's being punished for trying to do well by her family. So it definitely is time to back off in more ways than one."

Arbiter also dished up a veritable royal wedding potpourri, telling viewers, among other things, about possible titles the queen could bestow on William and Kate, who's now doing what to try to cash in on the nuptials, the world record the big event is widely expected to set, how the royal and Middleton families get along - and the perhaps unlikely place William and Kate will be staying when they'/re in London as husband and wife.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.