British police on Saturday said that they had arrested a suspect following reports that 3,000 photographs had been hacked from Pippa Middleton, the sister-in-law of Britain’s Prince William, and were being touted for sale.
The pictures were reported by the Sun and Daily Mail newspapers to have been stolen from Middleton’s iCloud account and included shots of her sister, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, plus her and William’s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Someone had been in touch with media via the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp to offer them for sale, the reports added.
The Sun said it had been asked for ￡50,000 (US$64,845) for the shots.
Scotland Yard detectives said they had received a report on Friday concerning the alleged hacking of a personal iCloud account and specialist officers were investigating.
On Saturday, a 35-year-old man was arrested at an address in Northamptonshire, central England, they said.
“He was arrested on suspicion of a Computer Misuse Act offence and is being taken into custody at south London police station,” a statement said. “Enquiries continue.”
Pippa Middleton, 33, is the younger sister of Catherine and found fame after acting as bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding to William in 2011.
She is engaged to hedge fund boss James Matthews and the couple are expected to get married next year. The allegedly hacked photos also reportedly included shots of her own wedding preparations.
William and Catherine and their children were due to start an eight-day tour of western Canada on Saturday.
The duke and duchess of Cambridge are set to view spectacular nature sites and meet with refugees and Aboriginal people during their visit.
William’s grandmother, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, is Canada’s head of state and he is second in line to the throne.
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