Was Kate Middleton a victim, or does today’s royalty have any right to privacy? Vacationing in an isolated chateau – the princess was sunbathing and removed her top. The burning question before the world is how far is too far, when it comes to shooting unauthorized photos of celebrities, politicians and royalty. Public figures have a right to reasonable privacy, but where should the line be drawn? The Friday bombshell news of Kate Middleton’s published topless photos and the resultant lawsuit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has the world buzzing.
Public opinion is split on whether or not the Duke and Duchess have a reasonable right of privacy, or whether if the photographer can get the picture the photos should be used. Polls show a 50/50 split on the ethics of publishing the topless photos of Kate Middleton.
Today, when Prince William and Kate Middleton learned that the magazine “Closer” had published photos of the topless and sunbathing Kate Middleton – the Palace went ballistic and decided to sue for breach of privacy. The lawsuit damages are for an undetermined amount. The young couple sent a strong message to over-eager photographers with the lawsuit. The use of common sense, decency and ethics should guide those in charge of publishing nude photos.
Wait, there’s more – hang onto your royal hats, because according to TMZ, “Closer” editor Laurence Pieau said, “I won’t hide the fact that there are more intimate pictures that exist that we haven’t published and will not publish. These images are full of joy, not degrading.” TMZ has the video with translation.
TMZ’s headline reads: “FRENCH MAGAZINE EDITOR Hints She Has SEX PICS of Kate and William” After reading the article and listening to the video – we can see no other interpretation for what is unpublished. It would be the natural progression in a vacation setting.
So who are the ethics police here? We don’t think that the magazine, standing to profit with publishing the photos, should be the ones to decide it’s okay to publish photos of royal nudity. At the very least all profits should be donated back to Kate Middleton so that profit is taken out of the picture. This is a breach of privacy and Harvey Levin of TMZ is suspecting that an insider tipped off the photographer about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s isolated vacation spot.
What next? First it’s Harry photographed nude and then it’s Kate Middleton – is the Queen going to be photographed taking a shower? Now Harry might have brought his troubles on himself, but Kate was in a place you can expect privacy. Sorry – but we side with the Palace on this one – common sense should prevail. A little decorum goes a long way.