Topless Kate Middleton Photos Published by French Magazine

First Harry, now Kate. The royal family faces its second nudity-related scandal within a month, in what it has decried as a "grotesque and totally unjustifiable" invasion of privacy

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, looks at Prince William as he removes his shoes before entering As-Syakirin Mosque in Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 14, 2012

Just as Prince Harry’s naked escapades in a Las Vegas hotel room began to fall under the radar, the royal family has found itself embroiled in a second scandal after a French magazine published topless photographs of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

But where Harry had already developed a reputation as a “playboy prince,” the duchess has, until now, remained virtually scandal-free, receiving widespread praise for her easy transition into royal life.

Confirmed as genuine by St. James’s Palace, the photographs, which appear to be taken from a distance by a long-lens camera, were taken last week while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were enjoying a private holiday within the confines of a private property: a French château belonging to Lord Linley, nephew of Queen Elizabeth.

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The French edition of Closer magazine published the photos on its front cover, with a headline reading: “Oh my God! Les photos qui vont faire le tour de monde,” which translates as “the photos that will go around the world.” Further topless photos of the duchess are included in a four-page spread inside.

However, there remain questions over the legality of the magazine’s actions, given France’s particularly strong privacy laws.

St. James’s Palace has since issued an uncharacteristically strong-worded official statement, which reads:

Their Royal Highnesses 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 incident is 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.

Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them.

Officials acting on behalf of Their Royal Highnesses are consulting with lawyers to consider what options may be available to the duke and duchess.

It was also in France that Diana, Princess of Wales, who would have been Kate’s mother-in-law, was killed in a car crash, while pursued by paparazzi in 1997. At her funeral, Diana’s brother, the Earl of Spencer, famously called her “the most hunted person of the modern age.” Now, it appears Kate has taken her place.

The U.K. edition of Closer, under entirely separate ownership from its French counterpart, has firmly distanced itself from its continental cousin. A spokeswoman for the magazine said it “was not offered any pictures of this nature and certainly has no intention of publishing the photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge, which have been published in France this morning,” adding it “would never publish topless images of a member of the royal family on its cover or otherwise.”

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According to the BBC, British newspapers were given the opportunity to publish the photographs last week, but all declined.

In wake of the Leveson inquiry on the practices and ethics of the British press, U.K. media have been particularly cautious with regard to the royal family. Despite their availability online and across international publications, British newspapers equally refused to publish Prince Harry’s naked photographs, with the exception of tabloid the Sun on the grounds that the snaps were already “in the public domain” and because the Prince “compromised his own privacy.”

Such justifications do not as readily apply to Kate, who had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

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The royal couple are currently in Kuala Lumpur in the midst of a nine-day tour of Southeast Asia, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Somewhat ironically, the release of the photographs coincides with the couple’s visit to a mosque, where the duchess was modestly attired in a below-the-knee dress and a headscarf.

A press secretary for the couple said: “The duke and duchess remain focused currently on their tour of Singapore, Malaysia, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu on behalf of [Her Majesty] the Queen.”

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43 comments
Pintete
Pintete

I am not disturbed by Kate sunbathing topless in private premises. Do you prefer she wears a burka all day or whaaat?

El Ti
El Ti

stupid,money-hungry people will do anything  for d love of money and label the royal couples as " careless ". hello? they may be public personalities but they are also human,entitled to some privacy at certain degrees.its a wonder why there is a lot of myopic people existing on this planet who loves to twist and interpret things to suit their own stupid justifications.

roydurrant
roydurrant

There is more fiction than facta to this story.

Va'leria Valeria
Va'leria Valeria

Their royal highness is who in reference.Kate is not ,so who are they talking about...?His grandparents( full monarchy)Yeah they make since.Hrh Prince Henry makes since..Even Prince Andrew makes sinces..William and Katherine are celeberty. not monarchy to be titled.These celeberties have lost their brain over how to be human beings..William and Katherine Consutty's action are not warrent a law sue but acknowledgement for being dumb.Hrh Prince Henry has the real legal case for sue not Wialliam and Katherine purposely getting naked in view of the press...Hrh Prince Henry did his private issue in side of a Hotel and didn't go naked on on a public beach....Big differences.

duncancritters
duncancritters

They could, of course, keep their clothes on. They are smart people who make informed choices.

Patty Collins Mcbride
Patty Collins Mcbride

I wish they would Just leave them ALONE!!!!! they are good..back off media and photo crazed $ mongers..errrrrr I pray for the family..and wish nothing but the best blessings to these young folks...

Douglas L. Hom
Douglas L. Hom

C'mon people. These are two married people who are young and in love. They should have some expectation of privacy. After all, it took a camera with a very long lens. I remember once, when young, a friend showed up with a telescope that was so powerful we could see the moons of Jupiter during mid day. We, after swinging the lens to a more horizontal position, could also read license plates over a mile, possibly two, away. One person decided to look into the windows of a hotel on a mountainside where he could plainly see into bedrooms. Nothing was going on there and he certainly was guilty of voyeurism (had anyone been in a state of undress) but certainly people in that hotel had every reason to believe that they would have been unobserved were they to have been present. It's one thing to look, another to photograph, and an entirely new level to publish. This should not be supported and the royal couple should not be vilified for being "indiscreet" when they should have every reason to expect privacy. Voyeurs may not always be condemnable but they should certainly not be rewarded with money and support. Look52 probably ought to reassess his/her criticism of the couple being "insensitive." Look52 is being the insensitive one!!

royalfamilyrule
royalfamilyrule

our kate is the best you irish prats a nd french garlic breathing trash need to back off and start supporting the next queen of england and as for the italians its like the pizzas you make all miked up and when kates our queen she wont be on your crap euro notes

Hussein Sherif
Hussein Sherif

You "Kate"  look much better in Hijab than topless.

CA PRADEEP AGARWAL
CA PRADEEP AGARWAL

though it is very very personal matter of KATE, then to she has to be cautious, because, as our mythology says this is KALUG (bad years), going on, may be thousand and thousand years, hence have to protect and save ur self(one self), and further this is not PALACE, where seen but not disclosed for want of safety and power

taileeleng
taileeleng

take off anything you wish. everybody knows paparazi are everywhere, so why blame everybody but urself when you are photograph topless when you know that it is not safe to go topless esp. outdoor. If you wish to do it just be prepared to be photographed.

gardener409a
gardener409a

the lust for the allmighty dollart has degraded the morals of the world to waiting to take a picture of some one topless . no wonder we are all heading  down the drain

Karthick
Karthick

OMG! She has breasts.. 

of course she does you idiots.. get a life.. 

duncancritters
duncancritters

And it looks like she grew them herself. Good for her!

KB_Corkless
KB_Corkless

Not the first time a couple of royal boobs have been an embarassing spectacle.

zaglossus
zaglossus

In my world, royalty would have to get real jobs like everyone else.

Deadarab
Deadarab

Do muslims wear burqa or chadar when Tsunami comes to UAE?

Also the old arabian kings will be naked when taking a bath.

All young female muslims want to see the arabian king naked.

After their arabian oil business are empty the arabian king can be a porn star hired by

Steve Hirsch

Charles Frith
Charles Frith

As a taxpayer I I'm entitled to see Kate Middleton's breasts and more.

Patty Collins Mcbride
Patty Collins Mcbride

 Behave Charles..Have Some respect, that I hope your mom taught you..

Charles Frith
Charles Frith

My mother taught me to never mention Kate's Royal Vagina. Is that OK?

Deadarab
Deadarab

Do muslims wear burqa or chadar when Tsunami comes to UAE?

Also the old arabian kings will be naked when taking a bath.

All young female muslims want to see the arabian king naked.

After their arabian oil business are empty the arabian king can be a porn star hired by Steve Hirsch

Deadarab
Deadarab

Do muslims wear burqa or chadar when Tsunami comes to UAE?

Also the old arabian kings will be naked when taking a bath.

All young female muslims want to see the arabian king naked.

After their arabian oil business are empty the arabian king can be a porn star hired by Steve Hirsch

todayandtomorrow777
todayandtomorrow777

so what, big deal. gimme a link to the pics...

MrBigcocks
MrBigcocks

Yes a link please, and if you have any pics of her totaly naked with some ass shots, and puss shots that would be awesome. If you can photo shop them to have no hair if she doesn't shave,  and can you put some tan lines in too. Nothing sweeter then seeing a snow white ass framed in by tan legs, and back.  Oh if there are any zits on her ass can you errase them, and cover up any celulite

scallywag
scallywag

Ultimately one has to wonder to what extent public titillation is being served by releasing naked images of the future Queen of England or whether one should except despite her title she is fair game given her status as a public figure? Either way the images are sure to cause heart ache within the royal family as it grapples with snafu after snafu and once again has to contend with the fact that the media will ultimately have its way. So much for the media’s right to free expression one may wonder….?

http://scallywagandvagabond.co...

Sinfulislam
Sinfulislam

Africa will attack all arabs from the south.

See the saudis prince brutally murders his black sex slave.

http . atlasshrugs2000 . typepad . com atlas_shrugs 2010 10

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Marcos
Marcos

What injustice! My heart weeps for the Royal Family, God knows they have the misfortune of having been born under an unlucky star, or some such bollocks.

Simon Gore
Simon Gore

 You can complain DIRECT to the magazine/editor - just search for

closer.fr and you can complain there. DIRECT ACTION is waaay more

effective ( I would have posted a link, but web sites automatically

delete this).

Look52
Look52

The photos of Kate and Harry are important, because they show the lack of sensibility of the royal family. Most people who are successful know that when they take their clothes off at a party or outdoors, someone might see them. Other countries aren't playgrounds. The pictures demonstrate how ridiculous it is to pay taxes to support a royal family.

Douglas L. Hom
Douglas L. Hom

 My reply was put as a post already but this poster has abandoned reason in his/her attempt to vilify a custom such as the British monarchy. The monarchy is a symbol of Britain and is supported as such. The US ponys up millions for sports gladiators who do far worse in their personal and even professional lives, yet we worship them if they can pass effectively, shoot a ball, or hit home runs. It happens to fit our passions and we overly support them as such. We don't even expect them to be paragons of virtue to engender such worship and riches.

The monarchs do monumental work for charities, etc. Were they being compensated for such work, they would be earning a reasonably good living anyway.

morningdove
morningdove

The charities they support would not be in existence if it were not for corruption and the believe that the royals are better than others because of their blood.

Nastypeopleruletheinternet
Nastypeopleruletheinternet

So, according to you, Kate can't sunbathe topless in private with her husband.  If she does she lacks sensibility?  That's ridiculous.  William and Kate deserve to have private moments just like the rest of us.  At least they seem to be in love unlike Charles and Diana.  Well, maybe Diana was at first, but Charles certainly didn't act like it.  After reading so many nasty comments I think a lot of people are jealous.  Or just mean and nasty or have boring love lives.

Va'leria Valeria
Va'leria Valeria

Excuse me ,first people say she mature then she proves to be dumb and immature.She is being illrealist if she think she can sunbath naked in public.She wasn't on private island or inside of a private home.Get real.She can't even be compare with Hrh  Prince Henry he was in private inside hotel verses on public beach...Stupid dear...Kate is whinning baby playing barbie with william birth rights.She wants everyone to treat her as if she were in the leagues of  Hrh  Princess Diana virtues and Jacqueline Onassis beauty..

Teenac245
Teenac245

Most Americans are uptight about nudity 

But it's OK to kill innocent people in Arab countries but it's a SIN to go topless Strange mentality 

Teenac245
Teenac245

Most Americans would rather see some innocent person shot ( in a Arab country )than to see a woman topless 

They think it's a SIN to go topless but to murder is OK 

Lymbo
Lymbo

Dear famous people...if you are outside and naked someone will get a

photo of you. Is that really hard to understand? Not saying you should

have to only be naked indoors but it might be a good idea if you don't

want photos taken. 

Kate Middleton Topless published by French Closer Magazine, PICs Here - http://su.pr/2AqDmI

Deadarab
Deadarab

Do muslims wear burqa or chadar when Tsunami comes to UAE?

Also the old arabian kings will be naked when taking a bath.

Johnny Marks
Johnny Marks

 Yeah, you're right, of course - there's an obvious link between taxes paying for a Royal family (as opposed to taxes paying for a corrupt dictator like Berlusconi?) and invasion of privacy.

You're a moron.

You're better off keeping your numb-brain vacuous ramblings to yourself, otherwise people will think you're really stupid.