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Welcome to the newest scandal starring Kate Middleton.
Italy’s Chi magazine‘s decision to publish revealing images of Kate Middleton sauntering along a public beach on the private Caribbean island of Mustique donning nothing more than a bikini whilst visibly pregnant has once again led to the debate of whether the media are once again crossing lines of proprietary and privacy.
The Royals who have been ensnared in one controversy after the after are not particularly happy with the images and to date have gone on to condemn the Italian journal as owned by media group Mondadori as headed by the flamboyant Silivio Berlusconi .
Offered a royal spokesperson: ‘We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas.’
“This is unfortunate,” a royal aide told the newspaper. “They get absolutely no privacy whatsoever.”
Nonetheless whilst previous images of a topless Kate Middleton appeared last summer in a number of European journals, it seems readers this time are less upset about the recent images that have come to light with many wondering why the royals continue to enjoy privileges that would ordinary be denied to ordinary celebrities. To date most UK journals have opted not to release said images out of fear and respect to the monarchy although that could be more to do with their fears of an industry wide clampdown on media practices in the UK which are often more circumspect and intrusive than most foreign journals, save except for when it comes to the monarchy.
Noted the UK’s independent:
Some reactions on Twitter show a mixed response:
@laurrendoyle Why should Kate Middleton’s photos be taken out of a magazine when other celebs aren’t?
@mherbie What is the world coming to when a tourist can earn $150,000 for spying on someone famous?
@daisychainbaby Having a debate at work about whether the bikini photos of #KateMiddleton should or shouldn’t be published. #workinghard
@jounwin Does it seem to you that Kate Middleton is on holiday in her bikini ALL THE TIME?
@DavidBedwell At this rate Kate Middleton might as well do Playboy and be done with it.
The publication by Chi, which goes on sale on Wednesday, comes less than six months after the printing of pictures showing the Duchess wearing just a pair of bikini bottoms.
At the time of last summer’s furore, Chi’s editor Alfonso Signorini defended his decision to also publish the topless pictures, saying: “I am a director of a newspaper not a supermarket, I don’t sell artichokes and carrots, I sell photographic scoops.”
And then there were these reactions that I also came across on the web as well which adds further thought of whether the media (in this instance it has been reported a local tourist took the pictures and not a paparazzo) has over stepped its boundaries:
This time I don’t feel sorry for the royal couple. They are fully aware, and she was aware before marrying him, that they are the worlds most sought after couple for pictures. If it upsets them then don’t go naked or even wear a bikini anywhere that the relentless photographers might snap you. Kate and will are to blame this time.
Supermarket tabloids love to post photos of stars without makeup or with cellulite. It’s gross, but you don’t hear a lot of outrage about it, like the current “LEAVE HER ALONE!” about Kate Middleton. Is it because she’s a “princess”? It does seem a bit hypocritical to bash the baby bump photos, especially since any mention of them seems to get fans interested. That interest in everything she does is exactly why the photos were taken.
Good thing these entitled people are not America’s problem. Sheesh, their country pays the family the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars a year for them to complain that people are watching them?
This is part of the trade-off of being famous in this modern age. You get money, fame, and fan worship, but you have to put up with the increased interest in your life.
Sorry, she was a holiday with her husband and deserves some privacy. If she was out doing a royal duty then I would expect photographs being taken of her but not when she’s on holiday.
Good for the paps, what hypocracy from this already freeloading parasite, she cancelled all her overseas visits until 2014, Mustique must not be overseas. Does her gormless husband ever turn up to the RAF and does he collect his full salary.
Glad to see the rest of the world has some backbone and are not intimidated by the grey suits at the Palace. Whoever took the pictures probably thought ‘anything goes’ when they saw the trolly dolly and her brood, on the beach!