If you thought Prince Harry was the only royal getting naked, guess again. It turns out that Prince William‘s wife, Kate Middleton, has a bit of flesh-baring streak in her too. The lovely young princess has unfortunately been snagged dashing around topless by scummy paparazzi in Provence.
And now that the photos have been published by French tabloid Closer, the Royal Family is absolutely livid. Prince William and Kate are said to be “furious” over the incident, but they’re unfortunately in the middle of a tour of Southeast Asian. So they have to put on a brave face and just grin and bear it for now.
But the Royal Family back in the UK and its reps don’t have to be so polite and pleasant.
According to TMZ, the Royal Family has already lawyered up and filed a lawsuit against the French tabloid for invading the young Royals’ privacy.
The Royal Family is also thoroughly expressing their disgust and disapproval over the paparazzi’s behavior, calling upon the tragedy that befell William’s late mother, Princess Diana, as evidence of the disastrous results that paparazzi behavior can lead to.
Needless to say, the Princess Di card is an excellent one to play if the Royal Family is looking to shore up public support for their legal campaign.
Here’s more from their official statement to the press on the matter:
“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.”
In the statement, the Royal Fam said the incident is “reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales” … who died in a car crash while fleeing from the paparazzi in France back in 1997.
The Royal statement continued, “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.”
While media outlets in the UK are restricted from showing the photos, US-based sites, like ours, aren’t
Laurence Pieau, the editor of the French tabloid, defended her decision to publish the photos to French news agency AFP saying, “These photos are not in the least shocking. They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches.”
Right. If Kate Middleton’s topless photos aren’t that big of a deal, then why did her publication spend money purchasing the photos and run it on the front page of its magazine with the words: WORLD EXCLUSIVE.
Ms. Pieau, you ain’t nothin’ but a damn lie.
But Closer isn’t the only foreign publication getting in on the action. Chi, an Italian magazine, has also announced that it plans to run the photos in a very special edition.
Alfonso Signorini, Chi’s editor-in-chief, believes that the intimate look at the future king and queen of England is worth braving the backlash of the British Royal Family, he said a statement given to CNN and reported on by US Weekly.
“It is a story worth publishing in an extraordinary edition because it shows in a natural light the everyday life of a very famous contemporary young couple in love,” Alfonso Signorini, Chi’s editor-in-chief, said in an e-mail statement to CNN. “The fact that they happen to be the future king and queen of England certainly makes it more interesting and current, and in line with today’s concept of monarchy.”
Maybe someone in the Royal Family should let Kate and Wills know that the best place for nakey-nakey time is behind closed doors. Because there’s clearly no place outdoors that’s remote enough to keep the paparazzi buzzards with the telephoto lenses away.