Man held in connection with Pippa Middleton alleged iCloud hacking released without charge

A man arrested by police investigating the alleged hacking of an iCloud account belonging to the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister has been released without charge.

Police said the man, understood to be Nathan Wyatt, was released on Friday.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “On 24 September 2016, detectives arrested a 35-year-old man at an address in Northamptonshire on suspicion of unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate commission of further offences, contrary to the Computer Misuse Act.

“A case file was subsequently submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, but following CPS advice, the man was released with no further action on 8 September.”

Last year the High Court heard that Pippa Matthews, then Middleton, had “good reason” to fear that all information held in her iCloud account had been hacked.

Mrs Justice Whipple made orders barring publication of photographs and other material held on the account after Mrs Matthews and her husband, then fiance, James Matthews took civil court action against a “person or persons unknown” as a result of pictures allegedly being taken from the account.

Pictures of Kate and her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were reportedly among 3,000 images taken from the account.

The alleged theft came two years after a host of celebrities, including Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence, fell victim to a hacker attack on the iCloud – which stores private photos from phones and computers online – which saw images posted online.