Photos released yesterday on the Royals' revamped website were intended to give the public a behind-the-scenes look at Prince William's daily routine as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot. However, upon closer look, the photos actually revealed much more.
Sensitive information, usernames and passwords could be seen on computer screens, documents on his desk and on a flier hanging behind his head while he was attending a briefing. The images were taken by a Ministry of Defense photographer at RAF Valley, in Anglesey, north Wales, where the prince is based. Originally intended to be used as a PR initiative highlighting his role as part of the RAF Search and Rescue squadron, they've now turned into an embarrassing and sticky situation.
Four of the 10 photographs included in the blog post called, "A day in the life of Flight Lieutenant Wales," had to be removed and replaced with new images where the sensitive information is blurred.
"A number of photographs of Flight Lieutenant Wales were taken while on duty working as a helicopter search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley on Anglesey, Wales," an MoD spokesman told The Guardian. "The passwords and user names shown have now been reset as a precaution and we are satisfied the images do not contravene security regulations."
The images include shots of the duke receiving his morning briefing in RAF Valley's Operations Room, shots of him thoroughly inspecting his Sea King helicopter, grabbing a quick cup of coffee in the crew's kitchen and the prince making the bed he sleeps in during his 24-hour shifts on base. One thing is for sure: The living quarters on base are not nearly as lavish as the decadent halls of Buckingham Palace.
The duchess also added new photos to the Royals' website, but since they are nature photos she snapped during a visit to the Research Station at Danum Valley, Borneo, Malaysia, they have not posed any problems. The trip took place during her Diamond Jubilee tour in September with the Duke of Cambridge to South East Asia and the South Pacific.
Middleton managed to capture stunning black and white rays of sunshine peeking through the trees during a private walk through of the jungle close to the Danum Valley research station, an image of Mount Kinabalu, which is the highest point in Borneo, and an endangered Borneo Orangutan in the Borneo rain forest. There are no shots of the couple, as it seems Middleton was more focused on her natural surroundings rather than prince by her side.
But not every day consists of exotic adventures for Middleton. She was recently seen surprising shoppers at a charity event with her sister.
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