The editor of France’s Closer magazine Laurence Pieau has defended her decision to publish topless photos of Kate Middleton on holiday, saying they are not shocking – despite the Palace calling it a
‘grotesque invasion of privacy’.
The publication that went on sale today belongs to Mrs Pieau, it featured a blurred image of the Duchess of Cambridge on its front page, denied the photos were degrading.
‘These photos are not in the least shocking,’ she said. ‘They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches.’
Nevertheless, St James’s Palace have reacted with anger, calling the publication of the pictures a ‘grotesque’ invasion of privacy.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are said to be ‘angry’ and in ‘disbelief’ at the pictures, which have been compared to the levels of press intrusion that effectively cost William’s mother Diana her life in a car chase in Paris in 1997.
St James’s Palace confirmed the photos were of Kate and a source said the royals ‘couldn’t believe the pictures were taken’.
In a strongly worded statement the Palace said: ‘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.’
The spokesman said it was ‘unthinkable’ that anyone would have even taken the pictures, while also confirming officials acting for the couple were currently consulting with lawyers to discuss possible legal options.
Make sure you guys don’t get Closer magazine with the UK version, it has no affiliation what so ever – claims to have exclusive pictures of Kate on a terrace of a guest house, which is thought to be a chateau owned by Lord Linley, taken while the couple were on holiday in France last week.
The magazine’s website showed a pixellated image of a woman with dark hair on its latest front cover, which it claims is the Duchess.
The woman is about to remove her bikini top.
A royal source earlier said William and Kate weren’t seeking to involve the Press Complaints Commission because they were not aware of anyone in the UK seeking to publish the photos.
William and Kate were told about the pictures this morning before they visited the Assyakirin Mosque and they have also viewed them on the website.
The couple’s press secretary said:
‘The Duke and Duchess remain focused currently on their tour of Singapore, Malaysia, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu on behalf of HM The Queen.’
Well, unfortunately we have not put the pictures of Kate topless on Be Asian but we are sure if you google it you’ll find them!