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Royal row over William film crew

LONDON, England -- A royal row has broken out after a camera crew from Prince Edward's media production company was caught filming Prince William as he returned from a lecture at the University of St. Andrews.

Ardent Productions has denied breaching a media code which urged cameramen to stay away. It said it had clarified the issue with the university press office.

But a spokesperson for St. James' Palace, which represents Prince William, said: "There was a crew who have admitted to working for Ardent. They did try to film William and were noticed by him."

The spokesperson said the incident was a "disappointment." William started his university degree this week and asked to be treated like an "ordinary student."

According to newspaper reports on Wednesday, Ardent cameramen were caught following the prince as he left a lecture at the university in Fife. When approached, the crew said they were making a programme about golf and old buildings, according to the reports.

Andrew Neil, the rector of St. Andrew's, said: "The intrusion by the production company owned by the prince's uncle beggared belief.

"Even after he had been told they did not leave immediately. The fact that this crew was trying to shoot footage not just of William but of other students as well means that we all feel very badly let down.

"But for it to be broken by a company owned by his own uncle, well, you just couldn't make it up," he told BBC radio.

William, the 19-year-old son of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, posed for a photo opportunity when he arrived at the university to begin his art history degree course on Sunday. Royal officials then asked the media to leave him in peace. Prince Edward, the Queen's son, is joint managing director of Ardent Productions, the television company he established in 1993.


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• The British Monarchy

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