It has been reported that Italy’s Chi magazine as owned by Mondadori media group has become the latest publication to publish controversial images of Kate Middleton in various topless and nude reposes.
Some Italians said they see a certain irony in Mr. Berlusconi’s ownership of Closer and Chi since the former prime minister has made scandalous headlines of his own for dalliances with scantily clad, sometimes underage, women.
Then again should anyone be surprise by the above given that Mr Berlusconi thrives on controversy and of course the tawdry which by now is as common place for him as is a glass of orange juice for most people having breakfast.
Continues the times:
Italian columnists lost no time in criticizing Mr. Berlusconi, who has been pondering a return to the political stage after resigning last November as the euro zone crisis pushed Italy’s economy to the edge of a financial precipice.
On Sunday, an article in the Rome daily La Repubblica, which has been one of Mr. Berlusconi’s fiercest critics, accused the former prime minister of betraying an allied country by permitting the publication of the photos, despite requests from Buckingham Palace not to do so.
“This is the triumphal outcome of the famous conflict of interests,” columnist Francesco Merlo wrote in the newspaper, musing that the publication of the photographs would permit Queen Elizabeth II — Prince William’s grandmother — to permanently eliminate Mr. Berlusconi from her list of “accredited statesmen and gentlemen.”
Hmm, looks like no love lost for Mr Berlusconi who is probably being perceived to be cynically attempting to take advantage of the scandal in the hopes of making some brisk sales of today’s Chi magazine, which judging from preliminary reports appear to be somewhat sluggish despite hopes to the contrary. One wonders if Italians are appalled by their former statesman trying to take advantage of the recent hubris and are deciding to stay away in droves?
At present the royal court have gone to court in France filing a civil lawsuit against Mondadori forcing them to cease further publication of offending images as well the couple’s barristers (as represented by legal firm Harbottle and Lewis who charge upwards of 750 pounds an hour) hope to get the French courts to apply a criminal case against the publisher as well as the unidentified photographer who St James Palace has described as a peeping Tom. Indeed…