18 December 2020: Splash News and Picture Agency which actually went into administration earlier this year, just closed a privacy court case …by agreeing they will ‘not take unauthorised photographs of the family of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’.
The photo in question showed Meghan walking in Canada carrying baby Archie in a baby sling.
A spokesman for Splash told PAN: ‘Splash confirms that one of its former companies, now in the hands of the administrators, has agreed that, should it begin trading again, it will not take unauthorised photographs of the family of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It was the administrators who made this statement in court and not Splash’
‘This agreement has no bearing on Splash as a whole, which continues to operate as normal. As long as it is legal to do so, and that the privacy rights of children are protected, Splash will, of course, continue to take photographs of public figures in public.’
This story is building and we are waiting to clarify who footed the legal bill …the administrators we are guessing…. more soon. PAN has taken a call from a concerned Splash subscriber …please call the agency direct at their London offices if you need clarification on anything. Thanks!
Update: 21 December 2020
A Splash photographer sent PAN this notice from the agency – posted on the Splash photographers admin portal early Saturday morning:
‘We felt it appropriate to update our contributors the news about Splash you may have read or may read in the news.
One of the old subsidiary companies of the Splash Group was placed into administration in July last year. We, the management, endeavour to fight for our contributors, colleagues and industry, no matter what is thrown at us, from whoever it may be. Rest assured your assets, sales and royalties are all safe and we are here to talk to if you have any questions. May we take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy and safe festive season. Splash Team’