Second mag to print topless Kate pics
Sun, 16 Sep 2012 8:28a.m.
The British royal family faces a multinational battle to contain the spread of topless photos of Prince William's wife Kate, as an Irish tabloid published them yesterday and an Italian gossip magazine planned to do the same despite the threat of legal action.
The royal couple's St. James's Palace office condemned the moves as unjustifiable and evidence of pure greed, and said it was considering "all proportionate responses."
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sued French magazine Closer on Friday after it ran the photos, taken while Kate and William were on vacation at a relative's private estate in southern France last month.
The publication has been roundly condemned by British newspapers, which refrained from publishing them out of respect for the young couple's privacy, even though tabloids like The Sun run topless women every day on page 3 and ran pictures of Prince Harry naked in Las Vegas last month.
The British media, wary about an ongoing media ethics inquiry triggered by revelations of illegal phone hacking and other intrusive newspaper behaviour, has generally respected palace guidelines stressing that William and Kate should not be photographed when they are not in public.
But across the Irish Sea, the Dublin-based Irish Daily Star ran a blurry reproduction of the pages from Closer over two inside pages yesterday.
Editor Mike O'Kane told the BBC the photos weren't included in the edition distributed in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. And the newspaper's website came up as "temporarily unavailable" yesterday.
O'Kane defended his newspaper, saying that Ireland did not view the royal family the same way as the British.
"She's not our future queen," he told the BBC. "The duchess would be no different to any other celeb pics we would get in, for example Rihanna or Lady Gaga."
Northern and Shell, the British company that co-owns the Irish Daily Star - and publishes its British sister tabloid, the Daily Star - said it was "profoundly dismayed" the Dublin newspaper had run the pictures. It said it had had no control over the decision.
Northern and Shell's chairman, Richard Desmond, said he was "taking immediate steps to close down the joint venture" that runs the tabloid.
In Italy, gossip magazine Chi, which is owned by former Premier Silvio Berlusconi, said it planned to publish a 26-page spread with the photos tomorrow, although it wasn't clear if the content was any different from what Closer ran.
Chi is part of Berlusconi's publishing empire Mondadori, which also owns Closer.
The Chi cover, featuring three pictures of a topless princess, was unveiled yesterday in Italian newspapers and television under the headline "Court Scandal: The Queen is Nude!"
In an interview yesterday with The Associated Press, Chi editor Alfonso Signorini said he didn't fear legal action since the photos were already in the public domain following Closer's publication.
"Closer's position is different, they were the first ones to publish," he said.
He defended the decision to publish them in Italy, saying the photos are tasteful and respect Kate's dignity.
"I don't see anything morbid or damaging in them," he said. "Chi pays attention to respecting people's dignity. I don't think they hurt Kate's image."
He added in a statement that the pictures actually were in line "with the modern concept of the monarchy."
"It shows in its total naturalness the daily life of a young, famous, modern couple in love," he said.
Citing that argument, Mondadori said yesterday it respected the editorial decisions of both Chi and Closer, Italian news agency ANSA reported.
A spokeswoman at St. James's Palace said royal officials were reviewing "all proportionate responses" to Chi's planned publication.
The spokeswoman, who spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with palace policy, said publication of the photos served no purpose "other than to cause further, entirely unjustifiable upset to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were enjoying time alone together in the privacy of a relative's home."
The blurry photos, called a "grotesque" abuse of privacy by royal officials after they were published Friday by Closer, show Kate - the Duchess of Cambridge - wearing only a skimpy bikini bottom and sunglasses.
In one of the three on Chi's cover, she appears to be rubbing suntan lotion on William's shoulder.
Palace officials compared the intrusion on the young couple's privacy to the tragic paparazzi pursuit of William's mother Princess Diana, which many believe was a contributing factor to her early death in a car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997.
That two magazines in Berlusconi's media empire were responsible for the distribution of the images of a topless Kate is remarkable, given the former premier's own problems with paparazzi and his privacy.
In 2009, he threatened legal action against the Spanish newspaper El Pais after it published photos of topless women and a naked man lounging at his Sardinian estate. Italian prosecutors seized the photos and placed the photographer under investigation for alleged violation of privacy.
The photos came to light at the start of Berlusconi's downfall: They were published amid a scandal involving Berlusconi and a Naples model, whose 18th birthday party the then-premier attended.
Berlusconi, who was forced from office in November after financial markets lost faith in his ability to steer Italy out of its debt crisis, is currently on trial in Milan on charges he paid for sex with an underage Moroccan girl and then used his office to try to cover it up. He denies wrongdoing, and both he and the girl say they didn't have sex.
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18/09/2012 6:14:01 p.m.
Don't want your breast photographed...keep you top on outside...no empathy for the stupid.
16/09/2012 9:12:51 p.m.
@Joey: Id say it is closer to about 75%. Some women have them too ;)
16/09/2012 8:51:01 p.m.
When your in the position they hold why put yourself out there excuse the pun they want normality but there not and never will be normal.From the second willaim was conceived he was never going to have normal life just like Diana to this day she is one of the most iconic figures in the world.
16/09/2012 5:37:34 p.m.
Give me a break and give them some privacy!! Who cares?? They're married for goodness sake! i'm jealous.
16/09/2012 4:38:37 p.m.
seriously, who cares. About half the population has breasts, there's nothing special about a royal bosom. yaaaaawn.
16/09/2012 4:05:07 p.m.
I can't understand why the photogs aren't sent to jail. If I was to lurk in the bushes and take pictures of a neighbour naked then put them on facebook, wouldn't I be breaking the law ?
I can think of a few recent cases of cameras hidden in bathrooms to capture nude/ semi nude photos of female guests, didn't that guy get 2 years ?
16/09/2012 3:01:51 p.m.
Kate and William were caught with a very long telescope lense and thought they were in a very private chateau, obviously this wasn't so for some photographers.
Since any photograph in France of such a nature in france has to have permission I am not surprised that they are sueing.
They have broken the law and must be punished accordingly.
Diana, Williams mother had already discredited herself many times in anger with Charles and acted very badly and encouraged the photographers to challenge them.
Kate and William are innocent of such behaviour and this should be credited to them.
What happened in the US with Harry in private shouldn't have happened but he also looked for trouble like his mother.
So although I agree boobs are not too sensitive the fact that they are such an innocent couple the word consideration and respect comes to mind.
Has that gone as well!
16/09/2012 11:44:30 a.m.
I dont see what Kates boobs have to do with public good as these sleezy mags keep claiming. Far as Im concerned I hope the royals win there case and do the mag for millions. Private individuals would be very upset if there naked pictures appeared on the front page of a mag. U try and take a picture of a toplis babe lying on a beach with your phone and look out.
16/09/2012 11:11:52 a.m.
I think that because Kate and William are not only royalty they are roll models that the young people of today really admire and look up too. For this reason alone Kate and William should of done the topless thing behind closed doors and not out in the open where they new photographers were lurking..... and another thing they are using there royalty card to sue just cause they are royalty shame on them both! it's just her boobs and not her hole body! if she didn't want them plastered all over the papers then she shouldn't of done it in the first place! It's there own fault.
16/09/2012 10:48:46 a.m.
fair Kiwi wrote:
All I can say KATE and William, is you are the future King and Queen of England.
Show some decency and respect to the public and keep your nude romps for the bedroom. You asked for everything you got!!
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