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Kate Middleton's family concerned over press coverage

Pippa Middleton, Feb. 26, 2011. Getty

(CBS) There's no formal complaint, but Kate Middleton's family has contacted the Press Complaints Commission about "alleged 'harassment' by photographers."

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The Press Association reports that Middleton's mother, Carole, and her sister, Pippa, were photographed recently while they were out shopping in London. In response to contact from the Middletons, the PCC sent an advisory to news bodies reminding them of the editors' code of practice.

According to its website, the PCC is "an independent body which administers the system of self-regulation for the press." It continues, "The purpose of the PCC is to serve the public by holding editors to account. We strive to protect the rights of individuals, while at the same time preserving appropriate freedom of expression for the press."

In other words, there's a body in the United Kingdom that deals with complaints about the press. That's the PCC. The "code" in question reads in part, "Everyone is entitled to respect for his or her private and family life, home, health and correspondence, including digital communications."

Middleton has contacted the PCC before when she's thought that members of the press overstepped their bounds, reports the Press Association. St. James' Palace, the Household Office of Prince William, said it was grateful for past restraint of the press.

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