• Sweden edition
 
Photographer denies 'stalking' Queen Silvia

Photographer denies 'stalking' Queen Silvia

Published: 08 Apr 2011 07:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Apr 2011 07:46 GMT+02:00

The photographer accused by the Swedish Royal Court of stalking Queen Silvia during a recent visit to New York denies that he caused her to fall and hurt her foot.

"I have not stalked anyone. I have not chased after anyone. I have not harassed anyone," he wrote on his blog, according to news agency TT.

The encounter took place in connection with a visit by the Queen and Princess Madeleine to a store in New York, according to the Royal Court.

In a statement, the Royal Court said "the photographer didn't acknowledge their wish not to be photographed, but instead remained in the entryway of the store. The Queen felt the photographer was being obstinate and chose to go out through the store's side door. The Queen walked briskly to a parked car in order to avoid the photographer who ran after her. Unfortunately, the Queen then fell, injuring both her foot and wrist."

"It's not a question of her simply wanting to avoid being photographed. It's more akin to stalking," Royal Court spokesperson Bertil Ternert told the Expressen newspaper after the incident.

"I view of the situation as a case of harassment [Swedish: 'ofredande'] according to Swedish law."

But according to the photographer he did not harass the Queen in any way.

“I was standing at the entrance of the clothes store, in a public place, waiting for the royal party to come out. They, however, chose a side entrance and ran for their cars. In the process, the Queen tripped over a garbage bag and fell,” he wrote on his blog.

The incident has sparked a debate in Swedish media regarding the line between private and public sphere. However, the photographer wants to put the incident behind him and move on.

“I am devastated over what befell the Queen and if my presence there caused her any stress, I apologise,” he wrote on his blog.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

10:25 April 8, 2011 by dw
Why si the photographer devasted over this? He had every right to photograph the Queen in a public place in NYC. Who cares whether this complies or doesn't comply with Swedish law, this happend outside of Sweden. If the royals don't like this sort of attention, then they should be a bit more selective on where they visit? Welcome to New York.
10:46 April 8, 2011 by Nemesis
In New York, paparazzi are infamous for all sorts of crazy stunts to get pictures, inlcuding breaking the law.

The Queen should have been aware of that.

If she wants privacy while on holiday, she should holiday in France or Monaco, where she will have privacty protection.

As for the journalist climing he was not stalking. Every jounalistic photographer in New York city meets the legal and criminal definition of stalker, regardless of excuses they make.

Aftonbladet will have been in full knowledge that they were hiring someone who will stop at nothing to get a picture.

Aftonbladets thinking in all this is what should be questioned.

The Queen always stops to let photographers take more than enough pictures. She appears to be happy to do so. She then goes about her business. That should be good enough for any publication.

In this case it is clear, that something has obviously happened. Aftonbladet should be made to explain itself. They hired the stalker. It is there fault and there responsibility
16:31 April 8, 2011 by calebian22
It was the US. The photographer had every right to be there in a public area. If the Queen wanted Swedish law, she should have stayed Sweden.
17:15 April 8, 2011 by marlenekkoenig
Here in the United States, privacy laws extend to one's home, a hotel room, a phone booth. Once you leave these places, you are no longer private. You are in public. There is no such thing as a private space outside a place of residence. Most news photographers are respectful, when doing their job. Some are not. In 1972, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis obtained a restraining order against Ron Galella, one of the first true paparazzi photographers. She could not get a court to stop him from taking photos of her and her children -- it was his first amendment right -- but she could get an order to keep him at a distance - 150 feet.

The photographer was not stalking the Queen - stalking is much more detailed - and the Queen was in town for only a few days. He may have been too close for comfort for the Queen (and where was her security), but he was not violating US privacy laws. The minute Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine stepped outside the door of where they were staying, they ceased to be in a private sphere. The photographer was also protected by the First Amendment .. he had the right to take the photo because he was in public ... The US privacy laws are very different from European, and not likely to be changed Privacy also extends to dressing rooms, medical facilties, doctors' offices, but not shopping.
17:43 April 8, 2011 by frey
dw you are a punk.

what is the photographer's name?
17:36 April 10, 2011 by cogito
She shirked her duties the week before on the pretext that she was too weakened by illness to carry out her responsibilities on a state visit to Botswana.

But a miraculous recovery permitted her to fly off for a shopping spree in New York.

As for the posters on their moral high-horse, paparazzi is a more respectable job than being a king or queen.
18:34 April 27, 2011 by NachoMan
One would have hoped that the Queen, ostensibly there to represent Sweden, would be better versed in the diplomatic arts and more respectful of the countries in which she is a guest. Why ever would the Queen or anyone else expect people in America to obey Swedish laws and customs? In Sweden perhaps photographers are required to defer to the wishes of those being photographed. In America the photographer was entirely within his rights, especially so as he was photographing a public figure in a public place. Probably the Queen was so desperate to escape press attention more because of where she was and what she was doing, namely spoiling herself at a pricey New York with tens of thousands of taxpayer kronor.
Today's headlines
Three rescued after cruise ship sinks boat
Rickard Rundgren Björk of the coastguard services speaks to the media after the rescue operation on April 19th 2014. Photo: Maja Suslin /TT

Three rescued after cruise ship sinks boat

Three Saturday morning sailors had a lucky escape after their small boat collided and sank after it crashed into a cruise ship whilst sailing in the Stockholm archipelago. READ () »

Missing Swede found alive and well in UK
Sofie Marie Jansson. Photo: Metropolitan Police

Missing Swede found alive and well in UK

British police have found the missing Swedish girl Sofie Jansson in London, exactly a week after she was last seen, with authorities saying she is doing well. READ () »

Social Democrats make tax pledge to elderly

Social Democrats make tax pledge to elderly

Sweden's opposition party have stepped up its efforts to secure the pensioner vote by pledging to lower taxes for the elderly and make higher earners pay more. READ () »

Malmö Nazi attack victim on the mend
Showan Shattak pictured in Malmö before his attack. Photo: Facebook

Malmö Nazi attack victim on the mend

The 25-year-old man, whose stabbing by neo-Nazis sparked mass demonstrations across Sweden, has made a strong recovery in hospital and took to social media to thank supporters for campaigning against fascism. READ () »

Police seeking missing Swede in London

British police have issued a plea for tips in the search to find Swedish national Sofie Marie Jansson who hasn't been seen for almost a week. READ () »

University applications rocket to record high

University applications rocket to record high

Swedish universities continue to draw vast amounts of applicants with the number of prospective students seeking a third level education increasing for the seventh year in a row. READ () »

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot
Swedish artist Lars Vilks pictured in New York in 2012. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf/TT

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot

American authorities have sentenced a 20-year-old accomplice of 'Jihad Jane' to five years in prison for an attempted terror plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, after getting involved with the murder plans when he was a teenager. READ () »

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag visits a school in Tensta, one of the neighbourhoods mentioned when he and his colleagues first floated the new start zone proposal. File: TT

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input

Sweden has abandoned a plan to ease taxes for small companies in blighted areas after the European Commission challenged its legality. READ () »

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'
A typical Swedish Easter egg. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'

A Swedish microbiologist has warned that traditional Swedish Easter eggs laden with candy are an open invitation to the spread of bacteria and viruses. "Is this really a good idea?" he asked. READ () »

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour

PICTURES: A truck got wedged inside a tunnel in central Stockholm on Thursday, with authorities concerned the accident may have damaged cables in the tunnel's ceiling. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Advertisement:
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
TT
Society
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
YouTube
Society
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Fastighetsbyrån
Society
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Private
Society
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Features
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Shutterstock
Society
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Society
Jimi Fritze heard every word when doctors discussed taking his organs
Society
A Swedish farmer explains why the new bestiality ban is 'pointless'
ESL
Sponsored Article
Learning Swedish the easy way
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

744
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com