Kate Middleton is the latest royal victim of the relentless media attention foisted upon her family. Just today, French magazine “Closer” hit the newsstands with pictures on the cover of the 30 year-old duchess topless, as she vacationed at a family member’s private French villa. Prince William and Kate Middleton were on an official royal tour of the south pacific when they were informed of the published photos. Today it was announced that for only the second time in recent history, the royals are taking legal action and suing the newspaper for breach of privacy.
The duke and duchess were staying at the French chateau of the Queen’s nephew, Lord Linley, according to BBC News. A spokesman for Clarence House released the statement that the royal couple, “have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner”.
The spokesman continued that the incident was, “reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the duke and duchess for being so”.
The editor for the French version of “Closer” defended the pictures saying the couple were visible from the street, and that it’s no different than the millions of other women who sunbathe topless all over Europe.
A royal official countered that argument saying William and Kate could not have chosen a more secluded spot for their holiday.
The website for the magazine says the photos of the couple are, “like you have never seen them before. Gone are the fixed smiles and the demure dresses. On holiday Kate forgets everything.”
The Web version of the cover of “Closer” magazine hid Kate Middleton’s bare breasts behind a thick black bar. In France the magazine cover shows the topless Middleton with a headline in English saying,“Oh, my God”, and in French, “the photos that will go around the world”, according to The New York Times.
Nicholas Witchell of the BBC said he had rarely seen so much publicly expressed anger from the palace over such an incident. One reporter said that the prince had a “look of absolute thunder” on his face as the couple departed Kuala Lumpur. Kate, meanwhile, “looked composed and was smiling”, he said.
Peter Hunt noted that Prince William’s rage was because he had promised Kate that “what happened to his mother would not happen to her, and he has failed on this occasion but he does not want to fail again”.
Today the legal proceedings were launched in France and were for breach of privacy.
British newspapers were offered the scandalous photographs last week but turned them down. The only British newspaper to publish the recent pictures of Prince Harry naked, “The Sun”, said it had no intention of publishing the images.
“The circumstances are very different to those relating to the photos of Prince Harry in Las Vegas. As we said at the time, he was at a party in a hotel suite with a large group of strangers and one of those present released a photograph into the public domain,” said editor Dominic Mohan.