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Kate Bikini Photos 'Clear Breach Of Privacy'
St James's Palace has said it is "disappointed" new pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on holiday are to be printed abroad.
Italian magazine Chi plans to publish photographs of Kate, who is expecting a baby in July, in a bikini.
A spokesman for the palace said the pictures were taken "from a distance" as she enjoyed a private holiday with her husband, Prince William, on the Caribbean island of Mustique.
"This is a clear breach of the couple's right to privacy," the spokesman said.
Last year, Chi, which is read by 3.6m people every week, published a series of photographs of the Duchess sunbathing topless on holiday in France.
The magazine, which followed the French version of Closer in publishing the pictures, defended the move, describing Kate as a "Greek goddess".
Its editor, Alfonso Signorini, said at the time: "I really don't see what all the fuss is about."
The Duke and Duchess were later granted an injunction by a French court, preventing Closer from printing more photographs of the couple at the private villa in Provence, France.
The magazine was ordered to hand over all copies of the pictures within 24 hours and banned from selling them on to publications in countries where they had not already been published.
Sky News Correspondent Jason Farrell said: "While Chi speculates these latest pictures are the first to show Kate's bump, partially shaded by her husband, the Duchess looks her usual slim figure.
"It once again opens the debate over the couple's right to any kind of private life.
"There was near universal condemnation when France's Closer magazine first published the topless photos last September.
"In these latest photos, the Duchess is slightly more covered up and that makes a difference. Even the palace statement is less angry."
The tiny island of Mustique has 100 luxury villas, some of which cost $40,000 (£25,500) a week to hire.
It is described as a "sanctuary" where visitors can enjoy a "relaxed yet elegant lifestyle free from the stresses of the outside world".
what do you think?
We ALL have rights most of which our Govt tries to convince us are luxuries for those more well of. Get things into perspective please these are just pictures.
So its a few picture of someone in a swimsuit whats all the fuss no big deal get over it no
She could consider keeping her clothes on I suppose.
So you would walk down a tropical beach in a 3 piece suit and anorak would you !
On a beach, on holiday, on Mustique? Get Real! She's practically a Perfect Woman and would great in a black bin liner! Get 'em off, I say!
Two ways of looking at this. 1) media should leave them alone. 2) the royals know that the media will be wanting photos so dress accordingly But before I get my head bitten off I know they are on holiday and they should be able to do what they want and dress how they want
Editor Alfonso don't see what all the fuss is about what he REALY means is YEEESSSS,more mags sold more money for ME.
Blimey they are always on holiday!!!!
Hard life, eh, Valerie?
So she's not topless this time? What's the big deal, in that case? Every woman wears a bikini. It's not something you do in private, like sunbathing topless is. I suppose it could be because of her pregnant figure, but again, that's nothing to hide. And besides, it's nothing we haven't already seen with the photos published last year, and THAT revealing dress which apparently seduced William on the catwalk for the first time.
She loves attention!
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Who do the Royal's think they are?! For goodness sake get over it. Get another job if you don't like being in the spotlight.
What did she expect.youd have thought that by now they would have learnt lessons from past experiences.
They are human beings like the rest of us, not demi-gods.
The only way to stop it is to not buy it. If there's a market for it it will continue. Blame the people who read the trash.