According to a front-page story in Britain’s biggest daily tabloid The Sun, someone reported that a camera had been stolen in London shortly before noon on Friday. Within an hour, two men using false names contacted the newspaper offering to sell pictures of the prince. (The Sun suggests that the camera may have belonged to Middleton’s younger sister, Pippa.)
The newspaper’s royal correspondent, Duncan Larcombe, met the two men, who were secretly photographed as he viewed more than 40 photos on the memory card they claimed to have found in a gutter.
The frames reportedly included numerous shots of William and Middleton, both 26, on their week-long vacation in the Caribbean last month. The paper – which described some as “sexy snaps” – gave the photos and a dossier of information to London’s Metropolitan Police.
Yesterday, as William prepared to remember his mother, Princess Diana, on the 11th anniversary of her death, Scotland Yard detectives mounted a dawn raid in London.
“A 25-year-old man was arrested … on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle and handling stolen goods,” a police rep confirms to PEOPLE. (According to the paper, police are still searching for the second suspect.)
Clarence House, which handles the affairs of the prince, refuses to discuss the incident. “Our only comment is that it is a matter for the police,” says one palace source.