French Closer magazine have defied the anger felt worldwide after it announced it was going to publish photos of Kate Middleton topless while on a recent holiday, with the magazine in question hitting news-stands in the country.
The five page spread, which has caused shock and disgust from both the royal family and public shows the royal couple relaxing on a recent private holiday in Provence, France. The couple escaped to the remote château set within 640 acres of private land ahead of their royal tour of East Asia and were photographed sunning themselves next to the pool by a paparazzi.
The choice of the magazine to publish the photos has left the royals incredibly angry, with the palace calling the decision to publish the shots a “grotesque invasion of privacy”. The magazine editor Laurence Pieau has hit back at the world's reaction to the pictures as an “over reaction” and claims they are not in the least bit shocking.
She said, according to The Telegraph in an interview with French television: “These photos are not in the least shocking.”
“They show a young woman sunbathing topless, like the millions of women you see on beaches.”
"There's been an over-reaction to these photos. What we see is a young couple, who just got married, who are very much in love, who are splendid,"
"She's a real 21st century princess. It's a young woman who is topless, the same as you can see on any beach in France or around the world."
Unfortunately the Duchess of Cambridge and the rest of the royal family do not agree and on finding out about the photos, issued a strongly worded statement.
A spokesman from Clarence House 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.
“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.”
From the reaction on Twitter it seems most people side with Kate Middleton over the disgusting invasion of privacy.
Kelly Osbourne tweeted: “I feel so sorry for #KateMiddleton it's disgusting what that French mag did to her!”
While Jeremy Clarkson added: “The photographer who took topless pictures of Kate Middleton. Does he feel proud of himself this morning?”
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