Kate Middleton Topless Scandal
Joining Prince Harry in tabloid scandal hell is the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Middleton was recently photographed sunbathing topless at a private resort with William.The pictures were then sold to french magazine Closer who published several of them. The Irish paper ran the nine pictures which were not pixelated in today’s paper over two inside pages.
The images which show the Duchess removing her bikini top, were taken when Prince William’s wife was recently sunbathing on vacation at a private home in the South of France.
In the five-page Closer spread, photos reveal Middleton stripping down to her bikini bottom and relaxing on a terrace as Prince William rubs suntan lotion on her back.
One caption in the magazine reads, “The last time we saw Kate and William on a balcony it was for their wedding. But they had more clothes on.”
“People always say she doesn’t need to dress up to look good. Well… Kate is proving this,” reads another caption.
The publication of these pictures has created an outrage of restrained British disappointment and the Royal Family is currently exploring their legal options against the tabloid with Prince William and his wife already suing French magazine Closer on Friday after it ran the photos.
Mike O’Kane, the editor of the Dublin-based paper: ‘She’s not the future Queen of Ireland… they are very very tasteful pictures’
St James’s Palace: ‘There can be no motivation for this action other than greed’
Mr O’Kane defended the decision telling the BBC:
‘The Duchess would be no different to any other celeb pics we would get in, for example Rihanna or Lady Gaga. ‘She’s not the future queen of Ireland so really the only place this is causing fury seems to be in the UK, and they are very very tasteful pictures.’
Northern and Shell, owners of Irish Daily Star: ‘Abhor’ the newspaper’s decision and ‘very much regret the distress it has caused’
Richard Desmond, chairman of Northern and Shell, says he is ‘very angry’ with the decision to publish photographs
He also says he is taking ‘immediate steps’ to close down the joint venture with Ireland’s Independent News and Media.
Italian gossip magazine Chi intends to publish a 26-page photo special of the Duke and Duchess sunbathing in the south of France next week.
What do you think of Closer publishing the photos?
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