BRITISH press photographers on the royal family beat have Princess Diana in their sights, but they're not clicking the shutter button. They're worried that the princess' injunction against a freelance photographer for harassment could be only the start of legal proceedings against several photographers in an attempt to control her public image. Martin Stenning, 36, has angrily denied he is a stalker and said he will try and get the princess personally into the courts to challenge the writ she has brought against him. But he said he would abide by an emergency order obtained in the High Court on Thursday night which bans him from approaching within 300 metres of the princess. In her sworn affidavit, the princess claimed Mr Stenning had verbally abused her, pushed her, made her life a misery, driven her to tears and forced her to become a prisoner in her own home. Hitting out at her claims, Mr Stenning said: 'I'm denying all the allegations. She's just using me as a pointer for women's rights and I don't like being used. 'But it doesn't bother me as it's not true. She sees me as an easy target. This woman uses people and I'm being used at the moment.' Some photographers believe the princess took action against Mr Stenning rather than others because he was in trouble with the police many years ago. He is one of a number of photographers who regularly trail the princess, waiting for her to emerge from Kensington Palace and then following her on his Suzuki motorbike. He claimed that he followed her three days a week as a freelance photographer, and that on one occasion she attempted to stop him following by taking his motorcycle helmet and ignition keys. Last Monday she apparently told him that action was imminent, saying: 'Something nasty is going to happen'. But Mr Stenning said he was simply out to earn a living and was not trying to frighten the princess. He said she could easily have used the police to send him away. 'It is just an excuse to get rid of us photographers,' he said. 'And I am the way to get rid of them.' Some photographers claim Mr Stenning stepped over the thin line between doing his job and actual intrusion. They accuse him of trying to create situations where she reacts to the camera, rather than to the actual situation she is in. But photographer Mark Saunders, the author of a book on the relationship between the princess and the press, said her action was more about preserving her standing in the eyes of the public. 'It is more to do with her image,' he said. 'If she is going to leak out pictures of a visit to a homeless hostel, what is the problem with pictures of her at a very, very expensive restaurant with her friends? 'The reason why she doesn't like freelance paparazzi photographers pursuing her is because they are often getting pictures which don't go with what Diana thinks the 'Queen of Hearts' image should be.' He believes this legal action is only the first of many to come against other photographers. The princess has been at the centre of several stalker stories. She has endured the unwanted attentions of German doctor Klaus Wagner, 37, who was arrested three times earlier this year. Another admirer, Liam Whitney, 36, a former mental patient, climbed a fence more than two metres high to be close to the princess, twice in three months.