Whist the British media might be nervously viewing discussions of proprietary with respect to the latest images of Kate Middleton sauntering on a public beach on the Caribbean island of Mustique, most media outlets outside of the UK have begun furiously outbidding each other in order to get a chance to run the images.
That said, Chi magazine, part of the Italian media clan Mondadori as owned by the brash and often flamboyant Silvio Berlusconi has gone on to publicly affirm why he has chosen to run what some deem as contentious images, while interestingly most do not.
Offered the tabloid’s head editor, Alfonso Signorini:
“The article features photos of a young couple in love as they happily walk along the shore.
“They are images of such unexceptional normality that there is only limited mention of them on the cover of the magazine.”
“The photographs, which can in no way be considered scandalous, were bought from an international photo agency, do not harm the image of the protagonists and the reaction of the media seems to me wholly over the top.
“Moreover, the photographs can hardly be considered an invasion of privacy when the subjects are public figures in a public place, in the open air; specifically on a beach surrounded by other bathers.”
“It is also true that the Italian press is not a party to the gentlemen’s agreement between the British press and Buckingham Palace.”
“What our readers will see is simply a moment of joyful relaxation being enjoyed by a smiling, happy couple.
“Where’s the scandal in that?”
Signorini told Italian news website Corriere.it : “You can’t compare it with the media persecution of Lady D (Diana, Princess of Wales). I repeat: the photos were taken in a public place.”
St James’s Palace would not comment on whether William had been informed about the issue or if they were considering any form of legal action against the magazine.
At present no word whether the Royal house would attempt to bring litigation agains the outlet as an avalanche of public support for the media outlets choosing to run the images outside the UK begins to mount.